On day 38 of quarantine, I continue to marvel at the selfishness and panic of so many people. It’s been a vivid, sobering reminder of the chaos and sorrow of those who reject Christ. I can’t help but think of when Jesus said it would “be easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the kingdom” (Mt 19:24). Or even begin to understand it. In our abundance it’s impossible for many to comprehend the Sufficiency of Christ.
We live in an extravagantly wealthy country. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, our pantries are stocked, our freezers are full, and we’re receiving funds deposited straight into our bank accounts. In this abundance we cannot fathom the impoverished state of our souls. Instead of processing our grief and embracing our deep need for a Savior, we endanger lives by protesting against those doing their best to protect us and we hoard toilet paper like it’s our job.
I long to know the sufficiency of Christ, but how can I? Hunkered in a picturesque cabin in the woods, I have not been without my quarantine survival essentials of mac n’ cheese and wine. How can I embrace my need for Christ when even in national lock-down the aisles of our grocery store are overflowing (minus the paper products) and my husband has the privilege of working from our living room? With plenty of pasta and canned goods, still my soul cries out.
Take Time to Remember
Praying for our daily bread looks a little different in our abundance:
My prayer for daily bread is less worrying about having enough food and more anxiety about what damage will be done by those who are giving into panic and selfishness. I fear the wreckage that this pandemic will leave behind.
I take time to remember that God’s promise of sufficiency goes beyond the bare minimum. No“one per person” limit exists on any good gift offered us in Christ. Rather He promises to “liberally supply our every need according to His riches in glory” (Phil 4:19, AMP).
My scarcity mindset is less concern about loss of income and more worrying about my brother living in NYC where 55% of people have tested positive for covid_19. The helplessness that wells in my soul when I think about him is my gracious reminder of my need for Christ.
I take time to remember that “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). My Father’s love goes far beyond my own love for my brother. He can keep him safe.
What threatens to keep me up at night is less worrying about an immunocompromised child and more grieving distance from family and friends.
I take time to remember that God is with us. It is through personal knowledge of Him that we have access to the complete sufficiency of Christ. Through no adequacy of our own but by “His power which has bestowed on us everything necessary for spiritual life and godliness.” We have access to this power through “the true and personal knowledge of Him who called us.” (2 Peter 1:3, AMP) What a breathtakingly human truth – that everything we need can be found in relationship with our Savior.
Out of His Fullness
Everything we have and everything we are is from Him. We are not self-made. “All things were made and came into existence through Him” (John 1:3, AMP). It is “out of His fullness we have received grace upon grace” (John 1:16, AMP), and every other good thing.
We are deeply and fully provided for. Functioning from a scarcity mindset is carrying a burden that Christ has removed from us. How tender and complete is His care for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field? We are His most beloved creation, made in His image. How much more will He provide for us?
In this megaphone of pain and despair, Christ offers Himself. The shape of our soul’s greatest need is not paper products or stimulus checks but Christ Himself. In Him our we find our hope fulfilled and our souls satisfied.
By the extravagant grace of God, may this pandemic drive multitudes to know our only Healer, Provider, and Comforter. May Your Kingdom come, Lord Jesus.