Jesus Is Enough: Paige Kopecky
Jesus is Enough
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” Ephesians 1:17-18
I have been a Christian pretty much my whole life. The Lord has always played a significant role in it. As I look back, I would characterize my relationship with Jesus with many highs and lows. Feelings of closeness and joy and contentment to unworthiness or condemnation to not meeting His expectations. I know that when I asked Jesus into my heart as a young child, I was saved by grace. But somewhere along the way, I believed that now that Jesus was Lord of my life I needed to do all I could to keep His love and affection. Things like being a “good” girl, having a quiet time everyday, confession of ALL my sins, or being a regular attender of bible study and church. All of these things are fine and good, but very exhausting if this is the way you define your salvation. There were always those running questions in my mind, such as “Have I done enough” or “Is He proud of me?”
About three years ago, a good friend gave me a book. It was all about grace (Jesus). It opened my eyes to scriptures and truths that for so long had kept me in fear and on that hamster wheel of doing. I realized that I did not have to earn my Father’s love, but that He already loved me more than I could ask or imagine. God did not come to judge us, but to love us. He is so full of love. I also realized that I am completely forgiven. I am made righteous because of His righteousness. Sure I mess up all the time, but confession of sin is not about me airing a laundry list of all my mess ups and praying for those I can’t recall, but it’s just putting my eyes back on Him and coming into agreement with what He says. The blood of Jesus has given me right standing before God. Now when I pray, I know He hears me and I can pray with a confidence that I did not have before. My relationship with Jesus has completely changed. I realize now the only thing He has ever asked us to do is believe and receive. Now spending time with Him is a joy and so exciting. I can’t tell you enough how knowing that I am so loved and completely forgiven ALL the time has changed my life. It no longer feels like a roller coaster, but a steady drive set on cruise control. Sure life still has its ups and downs, but I know now that no matter what, He will see me through as I rest in Him. What He did on the cross was enough and there is nothing I can do to add to that! There truly is freedom in Him!