“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.”-Matthew 10:25

Jesus made this statement to his disciples as he gave them instructions and prepared them to spread the good news throughout Israel. He made clear to them that they should expect persecution and hardship.

The modern western experience is unique in human history. Our ancestors rarely had to worry about having too much of anything. Food, clothing, and shelter were things that had to be fought for. How absurd it would seem to them that we must diet to regulate our food intake.

So how much is enough? If you are a disciple of Jesus, then the answer is clear. It is enough to be as Jesus is; persecuted and poor. This means that whether we have a lot or a little, he says it is enough. Enough means that no more is needed.

Considering this, it becomes obvious that virtually all Christians in America have more than enough. We have more food than we need. More shelter. More clothing. More toys. Sin is not having possessions but valuing possessions.

What if we lost it all? What if tomorrow we were hungry? What if we were cold? What if society no longer was OK with you being a Christian? Is Jesus enough? Can we be convinced that our best blessing, our greatest reward is still to come? God help us realize what is real and what is passing away!