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

  • breath. of. fresh. air.

  • Deep sigh, here.

  • 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.

  • Can you record this so we can listen to it every morning? 🙂

  • Amen!

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

  • the Blah Blah Blahger

    Preach Bessey, Preach!

  • Sara K

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

  • Amy Gaines

    Amen. x5039840293840928340 🙂

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

  • Amen, Sister!

  • Joy Lenton

    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.

  • 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.

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

  • Amanda M.

    Yes. He is enough. And He is able.

  • I love this!

  • You need Jesus and . . . amen.

  • Jedidja

    Thank you! I am glad with this. http://kostbaar.blogspot.nl/

  • Rachel

    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

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

    • 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!

  • Yes.

  • Jessica Heights

    Bra. Vo.

  • mollie donovan burpo

    i love you. that is all.

  • 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.

  • Accepted because, simply, He is enough. Amen.

  • This is so beautiful.

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  • Jackie Turner

    Lovely, lovely, lovely.

  • Theresa Pendant

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

  • Good stuff, Sarah!

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

  • amen!

  • Yes and amen!

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  • Anastasia @ eco-babyz

    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.

  • janetb1

    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!

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  • Amber

    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.

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

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  • This is just beautiful.

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