Steve, at “Theological Musings Blog“, examines the question of whether or not Jesus is enough in his post “Jesus and All“. I think this question is especially crucial in studying the church. What does it take for us to accept someone or to welcome them into fellowship? Is Jesus enough? Steve says,
Letâ€™s face it. Any of these areas being emphasized run the danger of turning our faith into â€œJesusâ€¦and allâ€. Paul wrote that he wanted to know â€œJesus and him crucified.â€
I think there is a need among Christians today to return to the basic knowledge of Jesus and let everything else center around that. Letâ€™s not be guilty of having â€œJesusâ€¦and allâ€, unless by â€œand allâ€ we are talking about the life and inheritance that we receive in Christ!
Since Steve posted this, I’ve been thinking about the implications. We should desire for people to mature in Christ, but does that always mean what we think? Does maturing in Christ mean coming around to agree with us? Is Jesus enough?
Paul said he was willing to lose everything in order to know Christ. Paul wanted to know Christ in everything, even in suffering. (Philippians 3:8-11) Is Jesus enough?
I’ve talked to, debated with, disagreed with other believers over many different issues. But, what about Jesus? Why do our conversations and our fellowship not focus more on the person of Jesus and the grace and life we have through Him? Why do we argue over points that are trivial when compared to our shared existence in Christ? Is Jesus enough?