This past Sunday the student worship team introduced a song in worship called "Christ is Enough". The lyrics of the song boldly states that "there's nothing in this world that could ever satisfy." It claims that "through every trial, my soul will sing. No turning back, I've been set free."
This is a wonderful idea but is it real? It is practical to think that in every trial my soul will sing? There have been plenty of trials in my life where my soul was certainly not singing. In fact, I would say my soul was crying out in grief, fear, anger, bitterness, and maybe even verging on hopelessness. There have been times where I accused God of not even caring. Was He even paying attention to my circumstance? How could Christ be enough when I can't even feel His presence or see His work in my life? How can Christ be enough when I am not sure He is even there?
The answer comes in the bridge of this song. It is this phrase that makes all the difference. "I have decided to follow Jesus." It is in the act of decision that Christ becomes the anchor for our souls. It is in the act of decision that we are able to sing "Christ is Enough".
There is a powerful testimony of faith linked to that phrase “I have decided to follow Jesus.” It is based on an account of an Assammese man from Assam, India. It is said that this man and his entire family had come to know Jesus and were converted to Christianity. This was in direct opposition to the chief of their very violent tribe. They were threatened with their lives to denounce this new faith. The Assammese man refused using these words, “I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back.” The chief in anger then proceeded to kill this man’s two sons right in front of him. He again demanded that the man renounce this new faith in Jesus. The father responded by saying, “Though none go with me, still I will follow.” Again the chief responded in anger and killed the man’s wife right in front of him. The Assammese man’s response was resolute. He replied “The cross before me, the world behind me.” Finally, the chief had the man killed. As the bloodshed finally came to an end, the chief was stunned at the courage of this family to not deny Jesus as their Savior. He was so shaken by this powerful testimony that He and the entire village repented and became followers of Jesus Christ.
When we know who God is and how much he loves us, it gives us the power and strength to let Him be enough. We don’t need to seek our value, worth, or comfort anywhere else. Even in the face a tremendous persecution and trial, we are able to say “Christ is enough.”
What it comes down to is deciding to believe and trust in a God who was willing to sacrifice His own son for our salvation. We must choose to fix our eyes on the promises of God and know that His love will never fail us. It is in this act of faith that God reveals Himself over and over in sustaining love. He truly is enough.
I will praise you, my defender. My refuge is God, the God who loves me.
Trust in God at all times, my people. Tell him all your troubles, for he is our refuge.