All I have is Christ

cross in blue skyHallelujah, all I have is Christ
Hallelujah, Jesus is my life
Hallelujah, all I have is Christ
Hallelujah, Jesus is my life

Now Lord I would be yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow your commands
Could never come from me

Oh Father use my ransomed life
In any way you choose
And let my song forever be,
My only boast is You

Hallelujah, all I have is Christ
Hallelujah Jesus is my life
Hallelujah, all I have is Christ
Hallelujah, Jesus is my Life.

Song by Jordan Kauflin
Sung by Don Salmon, Heidi Sapiano and the Westney Heights worship team.http://mediadownload.radiantwebtools.com/Westney/September%2023/Sept%2023%20All%20I%20Have%20Is%20Christ.mp4

These words fell like rain onto my parched and wearied soul.  Months of unemployment have up to this point only brought me to closed doors, and now I have come to a place where I must make a decision.  I’m standing at a crossroad with the weight of what I need to decide lying heavy on my shoulders.  I am tired and unsure about which way to go.  Should I turn this way or that?  Neither road seems safe, but I must go forward, so I once again turn to the Lord in prayer.

It’s funny sometimes how God answers our prayers in a way we are not expecting.  I asked for wisdom, for discernment, and for direction and the response which came in the form of this song did not tell me which way to go at all.  I was searching for answers, looking at where I have been, and looking intently at (and worrying about) the road ahead when these five little words became the answer I was longing for:

Hallelujah, Jesus is my life.

First, I have to admit that irritation and not praise was my initial response to the chorus of this song.  Surrendering to the unknown, praising God and confessing that Christ alone is enough is hard in the difficult seasons of life when the reality of your need is weighing heavy ~ it doesn’t matter what has brought you to the point of need.  It could be an illness, or loss, a relationship breakdown, or as in my case, unemployment ~ the feeling is the same, leaving us wondering, “If all I had was Christ, would He really be enough?”

This is not the first time the Lord has brought this question before me.  Many times, during sleepless nights, or on days when the uncertainty clouds my view, I wonder if my faith in the sufficiency of Christ will carry me.  I know without doubt that my God is faithful, I know He is good, and He has shown me time and time again that He will provide, but if I lose everything and all I have is Christ, will there still be praise on my lips?  Hallelujah, all I have is Christ?

I hardly had time to consider these questions when suddenly with the next line of the song, I was showered with peace, and the weight of the uncertainty lifted ~ Hallelujah, Jesus is my life.

“Jesus is my life.”  The words fell fresh on me like I have never heard them before, and the revelation that my life is not the sum of the decisions made, or the roads taken freed my weary soul.  Jesus and His life through me is my life. No longer do I need to figure out what I am going to do.  No longer do I need to look at the road ahead bearing the burden of deciding which way to go.  All that is my life, before and what is yet to come, falls perfectly into place with changing my focus and putting my eyes on the Lord.

Has anything changed in my circumstances?  No, but the whisper of the Lord, through the words of this powerful song, reminded me what and where my life is.  It is in the all-powerful, all-sufficient, unchanging hands of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.  In this truth I can rest, letting go of all my plans, and surrendering to His:

Oh Father use my ransomed life
In any way you choose
And let my song forever be,
My only boast is You

Jesus.  His name brings peace.  His name brings freedom.  His name brings the power to declare:

Hallelujah, all I have Christ
Hallelujah, Jesus is my life

And that is enough.

I compare everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  Philippians 3:8

 

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