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  • Writer's pictureDavid and Marilynn Chadwick

Davidisms: You'll Never Know Jesus Is All You Need Until Jesus Is All You've Got

Mother Theresa once said, “You’ll never know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you’ve got.”

This truth is illustrated through the life of the apostle Paul. When you think you’re having a bad day, read about the suffering Paul endured time and time again. He was rejected. Beaten. Shipwrecked. Persecuted. And much more (2 Corinthians 11:22-33).

Despite Paul’s intense hardships, he remained faithful to the Lord. Even after receiving “a thorn in my flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7).

No one knows to this day exactly what the “thorn” was. Physical? Relational? Emotional? Psychological? It must have been very painful. Paul concluded it was sent from Satan. But it was also chronic. God never took it away (2 Corinthians 12:6-10).

Where did Paul land as he contemplated his persistent problem? That Jesus’s grace was sufficient for him. And God’s power was somehow perfected in his weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). In everything he had faced in life. In all he would face in life.

Back to Mother Teresa’s quote. It’s only when we have nothing else - only Jesus – to help us through life that we fully realize his grace is all we need.

Wise words from a woman who personally knew this great truth.

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