There is a continuing trend by some Christians to strongly state “Jesus is all you need” (or) “God is all I need”.
There is a problem with making such a statement. This is one of the things I believe St. Paul refers to in 1 Corinthians 13:1 “If I speak in human and angelic tongues* but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.a”
I was recently reminded of this. Yesterday, I found myself reflecting on the times I have heard these words spoken in the past. I found a very real need to address this. I do this in hopes of others finding perhaps a new understanding of what negative impact such statements may have. There are those who have yet to find Our Father, new to faith, those who love God (but follow these words rote) and know they are to believe those words but that simple sentence/statement holds no real depth or meaning, therefore they find themselves struggling for the meaning behind the words.
There is a misconception when one states “Jesus is all we need”.
As stated this may confuse (upset) and cause others to lose faith – or not find it!
This phrase is often said, as a stand alone comment by long-term, well-meaning Christians in an attempt to bring people to God, uplift a person who is in crisis. It falls flat when there is no attempt to look below the surface and discuss the true gifts we are blessed with by our Father, and how they play into our lives. How difficult, challenging and even times of sadness and mourning can be brought to see His light. If evangelizing, if you don’t dig below the surface you short change the person with whom you are speaking – and God the Father.
Jesus brings us to God the Father, God the Father gifts us with Holy Spirit. God the Father is truly who we need, and must remain “in”, in order to receive all three as a oneness. In saying this, we also must acknowledge that God is within us.
The truth is we do need loving human relationships and God does gift us with this love. It is a matter of truly opening our hearts to understand and feel this. Sadly, there are those that block this out for a variety of reasons, hurts from their past, fear – and religions that say this is something that God requires. God does not and has never asked us to block any type of love from our heart, soul – being.
God is love, love is God.
We are called to remain open to loving relationships, by the design of God.
We are called to remain open to the possibility of Love because God is Love.
God created us with full intention of living our human lives, to experience for ourselves the vast array of experiences and emotions in our lives.
Our Father, sent Jesus to bring about a new way of life, the Holy Spirit to bring about a new way of thinking, feeling, loving – and hearing Him.
Someone recently stated to me “Jesus is all we need–I am enjoying my “graying” years for the deepening growth and intimacy of my relationship with Him. Like you, I had some “hard knocks”, and the invisible scars are still in the process of healing; I am happily single and solitary–it makes life simpler for me.”
This person states they are happily single and solitary. While it is not for me to say that is wrong for her – it is wrong for me and most humans.
Happy and simple is not really the life God calls us to, is it?
Sit in a corner, read and not experience? No!
He called us to Live – and Love and be open to Love.
Our entire lives should be spent in deepening growth and intimacy of our relationships with Him.
We care called to this very fact. It is a fallacy to believe anyone can only be committed to this belief, this growth if they choose singledom. God tells us this!
Spouses are called to bring each other to God, Parents are called to bring their children to God, Friends are called to bring Friends to God, All of faith are called to bring non-believers or “un-knowers” to God. To suggest a total focus is on God is not a truth, but a yarn that is spun.
God never called anyone to forgo the life he gave as an offering to Him.
Relationships, true Godly, human relationships require true selflessness
as we know we are to see God in each other.
In having these healthy relationships, we offer witness to the love that God has provided to us. There are lessons we can only learn in committed, loving human relationships – which is why the bible contains such relationships from the first chapter throughout.
God’s gifts to His children. Do we turn our back on His gifts?
The other thought I had in regards to what someone shared is this… single and solitary is not what God asks of us. He challenges us to continue to grow. God designed us to be loving, giving human beings. There may be something within our own being that we are by His design, to impart – to share with another.
In healthy, loving relationships there is a continual self-emptying of self. God has designed us this way (biblical) … while it may be easiest to stay single/alone – we really need to discern if that is what God wants of us and/or how to fulfill what His desire for us is. There are *many gray-haired loves and marriages in the bible. From Genesis throughout the new testament, to the Apostles & St. Peter. Intimate, loving relationships are throughout the bible.
There are some who know they have had their great human love and experienced Gods gifts and lessons.
Though they may no longer be (passed away), that love remains forever in their hearts and they look to the day they are called home to our Father to be once again by their side. My grandparents had this love, it was beautiful to witness. They grew in God together here on earth and I am sure are happily reunited now.
This is the true gift of God.
He is all we need –
God is love, Love is God – God is within Us.
When we truly share this selfless Love with another, we experience the Love of God.
Dear gray haired lady,
Thank you for reminding me of a very important topic and prompting me to write today.
Gods gifts are many, Jesus came to bring us to God and in order for us to live abundantly in His gifts, one of those gifts being the Holy Spirit who will guide us in ways to live, here on earth that life of abundance, if so blessed – with another.