Is Jesus all you need?

For the woman who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer- is Jesus all she needs?  Or does she need someone’s shoulder to cry on, arms to embrace her and a voice to intercede on her behalf?

For the husband who just lost his job due to downsizing- is Jesus all he needs?   Or does he need friends to encourage him, a wife to assure him, a church to stand with him in prayer, perhaps even financial blessings to see him through?

For the aged widow who just buried her husband-is Jesus all she needs?   Or does she need meals delivered, groceries purchased, people stopping by to ‘love’ on her, others to weep with her and listen to her?

For the homeless man sleeping on the street- is Jesus all he needs?  Or does he need someone to give him clean clothes, hot meals, a shower and a job?

Is Jesus all we really need?

While it is true Jesus is the only way to eternal salvation, it is not true that Jesus is all we really need living here on earth.   We sing “He is all we need” with such gusto and our arms raised high -until a tragedy strikes and we desperately need others there standing by us and helping us.   He’s all we need until we spiral downward into depression and need someone’s hand to reach down and pick us up.   He’s all we need until we’re rushed to the emergency room and wish our spouse, or neighbor or pastor or friend were there so we won’t suffer alone.   He’s all we need until our loneliness threatens to overtake us and we long for a friend to talk to who understands us and encourages us.

It’s usually not until we walk through a time of pain or devastation when we realize just how much we need each other.  We need the church, the body of Christ.    We need people, who are created in the image of God (Gen 1:27).   We need people who can bear our burdens and so fulfill Christ’s law (Gal 6:2).

Do you need Jesus?   Absolutely!  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  (John 14:6)

But is he all you need?  No.  You need others who represent him; others who give you a cup of water in his name; others who are his hands and feet and arms and voice.

11 thoughts on “Is Jesus all you need?

  1. Ilona, I love your words in the response to Red above: “It’s easy to get so mystical that we forget that Jesus meets tangible needs by way of those around us.” I for one have been so guilty of that! God has been teaching me so much in that arena over the past few years as I’ve had to rely on the goodness of those who became ‘Jesus’ to me! Through that I”m learning once again to be there for people in more tangible way… 🙂

    1. Hellen – Learning and leaning seem to flow out of trials, don’t they? May you find crazy joy as you return to others the blessings that have been shown you.

  2. Anonymous- no, they’re coming. It’s just that this thing called ‘life’ keeps happening around here and it takes some work to get it from my brain out through my fingers onto a text document.

    Thanks for asking…it’s good to be prodded. 🙂

  3. Cahleen – I like your take on the post. I honestly wasn’t even thinking ‘missionally’ when I wrote it. It came from my own experience of how much the Body of Christ needs each other after our family went through an extremely trying period.

    But I do agree with you…compassion is a hallmark of the Christian faith.

  4. Hello! I’m so happy you found my blog, because now I found yours! I love this post. As far as ministry and missions goes, what you’re saying reminds me of the philosophy of World Vision and other similar organizations. You have to make sure people have food, water, and shelter before you can expect them to listen to what you have to say about Jesus. Taking care of people’s basic needs is a great way to show them the face of God.

  5. Not even Jesus, fully God while fully human, did it alone! He called others to walk with Him; He needed them in the garden when the weight of his pending sacrifice was almost too heavy to bear.

    Ah, but all this is fodder for parts 2 and 3 of this post.

  6. This is one of the passions of my heart…people can’t do it alone, they can’t walk it alone…we all need each other…
    you said it well!

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