The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Monday, April 3, 2023
Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19, Luke 10:13-37, Psalm 75:1-10, Proverbs 12:12-14
Is Jesus Enough?
By contributing writer Detria Moore
Jesus sends out 70 (or 72) disciples to help prepare the way for him into Jerusalem. He gives them explicit instructions on how to be received and how to interact with their hosts. Most importantly, He gives direction about their purpose. They’re to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God. When these disciples return, they are ecstatic that they accomplished that and more! They were able to cast out demons in the name of Jesus. But the Lord reminds them that the power and authority they’ve been given came from Him anyway. So they’re not to be surprised about that. Instead, they should rejoice that their names are written in heaven.
The older saints would often say, “If He never does anything else, He’s already done enough.” Nice lyrics. But how true is it? If the Lord were to never ever again, provide a blessing for us, would what he’s already done really be enough? Would we have the same zeal for the Lord then? Would we still surrender to him wholeheartedly and serve Him the same?
Following the Lord comes with many benefits: blessings, favor, power, miracles, etc. All of these can be very exciting. But as believers, we’re never to get caught up in the miracles and the blessings. Because the greatest miracle of all is that the creator of the Universe, perfect and infinitely holy, chose to lay down his life so that I can be in fellowship with Him. Friends, there’s no doubt God wants to do amazing things through us, and with us. But it’s what He’s done FOR us, that should excite us most. When we shift the focus to us, and the works He’s called us to, it takes the focus off Him. God wants to use us, but in everything that He’s calling us to do, He should ALWAYS get the glory. We shouldn’t rejoice because of what we’re able to do. May we never lose the awe and wonder of having our names written in the Lamb’s book of life. May the fact that Jesus died for us and drew Himself to us to allow us to be saved, always be enough. Heaven will be great! But Jesus, He is the prize. And He alone will always be enough.
Prayer: Lord, I know that you have called me to do things that will bring you glory. But help me to always remember that your finished work on the cross, that allows me to live eternally, is the true miracle. There’s nothing I could ever do for you that could compare. Thank you for using me. Thank you for giving me gifts to bless the Body of Christ. But most importantly, thank you for the gift of salvation that gives me fellowship and eternal life with you.
Connect with Detria Moore at www.detriamoore.com
Detria Moore, J.D. is a believer, wife, mother, college professor, intercessor, community servant, writer, speaker, and volunteer of all things. Above all else, she is enamored with her Savior. Her main goal is to serve the Lord, walk in a manner worthy of her calling, and bring glory to her Savior. Detria enjoys reading and teaching the Bible, praying for others, and walking the Lynchburg trails.