Do you know why most people spend their entire lives searching for fulfillment, but never find it?
They don’t understand what’s really enough!
This past weekend, I heard a sermon entitled “Losing to Win” by Chris Allen, the Campus Pastor at Elevation Church in Matthews, NC. His primary Scripture was Philippians 3:8 which reads, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.“
As I began reflecting on that Scripture this week, I began to ask myself, What is enough for me?
What do you need to make you happy? More money? Better job? More friends? While I’m sure we could go all day making an endless list of things that we believe will actually be enough, most of us never stop to answer the question, what is enough for me?
We live in a society that attempts to answer this question for us. Advertisements on television remind us that we will only be good enough if we lose a few more pounds or look a certain way. Some of our greatest goals in life are to be rich and famous because of the highlights we see from professional actors and athletes. Our society teaches us that the only way to have enough is to have more. The problem is that having more leads to wanting more, which proves that “having more” is not enough!
Growing up, I thought that success meant having a good job, being popular, owning a nice home and a nice vehicle. While there is nothing wrong with having nice things, I have learned that the enemy is really good at diversion. He makes the wrong things seem more attractive than the right things. You see, having nice things is a luxury. It does not define who you are. If it does, stop immediately. You’ve created a monster (also known as an idol) that prompts you to value gifts above the Giver.
I guess what I’m trying to tell you is that I am finally learning what’s enough for me. Enough for me is being a faithful husband, a loving father, a loyal brother, an obedient and honorable son, and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. Rather than chasing empty dreams, I’ve learned that the dream I’ve been chasing is right here in front of me.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12)
What is “enough” for you?