Do you find yourself chasing after things with a mind that says, “I need to have it?” Putting your happiness in the things that you think you need to have? The question we should all ask ourselves is, “Do we need to have it?”
It can be dangerous to have the mindset of “I need to have it”, because what if you don’t get it? What if what you thought you needed ended up not being what you really needed? What if the things you thought would satisfy you ended up leaving you feeling empty handed and wanting more?
For almost my whole life, I had planned to take my masters after graduating and working full time. It was set in stone in my mind that I needed to take my masters…until the day that God challenged me to let it go.
Months after, I still struggled with letting it go. I believed that my masters would make me satisfied with my life by giving me pride that I had the ability to achieve a higher education. I needed it and I wanted it. But deep inside, I felt guilty and I knew that my masters was not in God’s plan for my life. I finally had to ask myself the question, “Do I really need to have this?”
Ask yourself this question: “Do I really need to have it?” Do you need to have that 6-digit job? Or that one job you have been dreaming of? That man you have been waiting for? That big house you have been planning for? Do you need to have it?
There is only one thing that you need to have and that is Jesus. Only Jesus can bring you true fulfillment in your life because he is enough. Nothing else in this world can be enough for us. Everything else in this world will always leave you with wanting more – nothing will ever be enough for you except Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Jesus Christ.” Jesus is the only thing you need because he is the source of everything you need. The things you may have planned might not be what God wants for you, so let it go and search only for what God wants for you because it is only he who knows what you need.
For a while I thought that I needed my masters degree, but now I am trusting that God knows best. I am believing that he has something even more better than masters for me in this upcoming year. I challenge all of you to see that God is all you need to have. Putting God first in your life means choosing his way instead of yours. And when you do put God first in your life, you will see your life blossom in a way you never thought could be possible.
Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What do you treasure the most in your life? If you are not sure where your treasure is, ask yourself what do you need to have, and there you will find the treasure of your life. Is it self-ambition that you need? Money? Or is it Jesus? If your treasure is in the things of this world, then your heart will be in the hands of this world. If your treasure is Jesus, then your heart will be in the hands of Jesus.
The world can never guarantee you a happy life; only Jesus is a guarantee that you can trust and only he can give your heart the happiness and love that it needs. Once you find Jesus, you will find the treasure that your heart has been searching for. So remember, Jesus is the only thing you need to have.