In which there is no “and”



You need Jesus….. and circumcision.

You need Jesus …. and baptism.

You need Jesus … and the right voting record.

You need Jesus … and natural family planning.

You need Jesus … and modesty.

You need Jesus … and an accountability partner.

You need Jesus … and a social justice cause.

You need Jesus … and the right denominational label.

You need Jesus … and a tithe cheque receipt.

You need Jesus … and a purity ring.

You need Jesus … and feminism.

You need Jesus …. and Bible memorization.

You need Jesus …. and organic food.

You need Jesus … and fair trade.

You need Jesus … and an engagement with pop culture.

You need Jesus … and your rights to assault weapons.

You need Jesus … and a moral majority.

You need Jesus … and a church membership.

You need Jesus … and a proper education.

You need Jesus … and a podcast preacher.

You need Jesus … and a pristine personal history.

You need Jesus … and a husband.

You need Jesus …. and a baby.

You need Jesus … and a worship experience.

You need Jesus … and an hour of daily quiet time.

You need Jesus … and a certain size on your clothing.

You need Jesus … and a pledge of allegiance.

You need Jesus … and a political party.

You need Jesus … and to keep your kids in Sunday school.

You need Jesus … and approved doctrines.

You need Jesus … and an altar call.

You need Jesus … and prosperity.

You need Jesus … and poverty.

You need Jesus … and an official sanctioned prayer.

You need Jesus … and and and and and and…..

Let go of your “should” and your “ought to” and your “need to” and your implied and overt “and” attachments to Jesus. Live like Jesus is enough, and remember you do not earn any part of your redemption.

You don’t need to be qualified by a committee. You are accepted because, simply, He is enough. You can relax. You are loved and you are free.

You don’t need anymore “and” in your life. Jesus is enough.

Jesus is enough.

God alone is enough, yesterday, today, and forever.

Wildflowers, sparrows, you, me, listen: ” What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” (Matthew 6:31-33 MSG)

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49 Responses to In which there is no “and”

  1. Sarah Askins January 23, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Of all days, I needed to read this. Much love, much grace for my world-weariness.

  2. Daisha Versaw January 23, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    breath. of. fresh. air.

  3. Annie Barnett January 23, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Deep sigh, here.

  4. James Prescott January 23, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Hugely insightful post Sarah – love this. We attach so many conditions to faith sometimes. But grace is simply accepting Jesus loves us as we are, with all our mess, without any conditions at all. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Danielle | from two to one January 23, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Can you record this so we can listen to it every morning? :)

  6. Katie Axelson January 23, 2013 at 10:14 am #


  7. AnnaC January 23, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    A-freaking-men. Needed this today, thank you.

  8. the Blah Blah Blahger January 23, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Preach Bessey, Preach!

  9. Sara K January 23, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    A-men. And awesome (I’m allowed an “and” there). This is great.

  10. Amy Gaines January 23, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Amen. x5039840293840928340 :-)

  11. HopefulLeigh January 23, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Amen. Amen. Amen. Letting it sink down deep.

  12. Ashleigh Rivers January 23, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Amen, Sister!

  13. Joy Lenton January 23, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Awesome message that spoke clearly to my spirit. If allowed another ‘and’ may I add “and we need brave, courageous and insightful people like you, Sarah, to give us such messages of hope and encouragement”. Thank you. Really needed to hear this today.

  14. Cal Thompson January 23, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Ghandi said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. Unfortunately he never had the opportunity to meet you.

  15. Abby Norman January 23, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    One of my favorite phrases is “Stop shoulding on people!” this includes me, Self, stop shoulding on me!

  16. Amanda M. January 23, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Yes. He is enough. And He is able.

  17. Lindsay Phelps January 23, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I love this!

  18. Jessica January 23, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    You need Jesus and . . . amen.

  19. Jedidja January 23, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Thank you! I am glad with this.

  20. Rachel January 23, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Woah. This is it. This is precisely it. He is the Alpha and Omega. It is all about Him. Thankyou Sarah for lifting my eyes to Jesus again x

  21. Lina Neufeld January 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Another facebook share:) Two in one week! You are on a roll Bessey:)

    • Jim Fisher January 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

      Ditto what Lina said. This is the most powerful post I have ever seen in the Christian blogosphere. You’re smokin’ hot, Sarah. Burning with the Spirit, tongues of fire and all that. Preach it sister!

  22. Terri Trewin January 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm #


  23. Jessica Heights January 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Bra. Vo.

  24. mollie donovan burpo January 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    i love you. that is all.

  25. Janel Andrews January 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    In a sermon a couple weeks ago we learned ‘Jesus+nothing= Everything, Jesus+Something= Nothing” It was a good reminder that Jesus IS everything we need…there is no ‘and’ added to that. Just like he is the ONLY way, there is nothing that we need to add to salvation to have it. Thank you sarah for this reminder. Definately something to frame and put up in a good place to see every day.

  26. Ashleigh Baker January 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Accepted because, simply, He is enough. Amen.

  27. Andrea Mitchell January 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    This is so beautiful.

  28. stacy January 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm #


  29. Jackie Turner January 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    Lovely, lovely, lovely.

  30. Theresa Pendant January 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    This is what I needed to hear tonight. Youve got me bawling.

  31. Jeff Bickley January 24, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Good stuff, Sarah!

  32. Heather Kopp January 24, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Amen AND Amen. (That’s a good and, right?) Love this.

  33. a. santiago January 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm #


  34. Erin Adams January 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Yes and amen!

  35. Anastasia @ eco-babyz January 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Thank you Sarah! I needed a reminder that indeed He is enough. At one point in our married life we were so filled with enough of just Him, we left organized religion. Should everyone? Of course not. It was just something He led us to do at that point in time. Will we never step foot into another congregation? Who am I to say? We’re just listening to what Jesus wants from us and where He wants us, it’s a journey. One that I don’t want to make based on people’s shaky opinion, instead relying on Jesus alone. I’ve come to realize that we left because there were endless “and’s” attached to Jesus in that particular congregation.

  36. janetb1 January 25, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    AMEN! I agree whole-heartedly. I do not know if that is a word but that is how I feel about it. I can not stand the word “should.” This is a keeper. Relationship not religiousness is what I want. Thanks Sarah!

  37. Amber January 26, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    mmm. that’s it isn’t it?! it’s just Jesus. thank you for putting it so beautifully. I love that…to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving…He’s so good.

  38. Renee @ FIMBY January 27, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    sarah, I needed this today. Thank you so much.

  39. pmugarura January 28, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    This is just beautiful.


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