I originally wrote the following devotional for a local church, where it appeared as an anonymous publication in the bulletin. Considering the importance of this meditation, it seemed appropriate to also share it here, with this dear readership.
There is a constant quest in professing Christianity for “more.” More spiritual experiences, more revelation, more relevance, more.
By seeking more than what God has provided, modern Christianity functionally denies the sufficiency of Christ and His Word. It is as though we are saying to God “thank You for saving me, thank You for living in me and sanctifying me, thank You for the Bible, but…can I have more?”
The Great Deceiver has done a skillful job of leading people astray by means and methods that appeal to the senses and emotions. Unbiblical, mystical practices commonly known as contemplative spirituality have infiltrated the church and taken the focus off of Christ. Leaders who claim to receive personal revelation from God have convinced many that they must venture outside of the Word to truly hear from God. These lies and others say that Christ and His Word simply are not enough.
Yet, God’s Word alone can be trusted, for it is truth (John 17:17) and it speaks of the only One who is the truth, the only way, and the life (John 14:6). That One is Jesus Christ, the One in whom all spiritual blessings are found (Eph 1:3), the One who possesses all deity, who rules over all, and who is the final perfecter of all who are His (Phil 1:6; Col 2:9-10; Heb 12:2).
Every Christian, whether newly converted or saved for decades, is in Christ. Every Christian’s life is hidden with Christ (Col 3:3). Every Christian has been raised up with Christ (Col 3:1). Every Christian, immediately upon conversion, is bequeathed a great spiritual inheritance and an abundance of every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3, 11). By the power and grace of God, Christians are granted “everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Pet 1:3). In other words, Christ is sufficient for everything. This Christ is known through His Word, which alone can make men adequate and equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:14-17).