I’ve spent my last few days watching videos and live feed from the Catalyst conference in Atlanta. I’ve learned about new people and ministries, heard from some favorite communicators of the Gospel, and even seen a familiar face or two backstage.
Before last night, I’d never heard Judah Smith speak before. In fact, I didn’t even know his name. He walked on stage and I was immediately fascinated by his speaking voice. Close your eyes and you would picture an old, Southern tent revival preacher from the 1950’s. Open them and you’d see what looks like a 23 year old worship leader.
Once I got over his speaking voice, I was able to really listen. He has an interesting approach to speaking, but when he got down to it, to the real message, it deeply resonated in my heart. He shared from Exodus 33 when Moses asked to see the glory of the Lord.
And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” (v. 17-18)
Now if we really think about it, Moses’ request was not fully answered. He only got to see his backside (v.22-23). It was not until Jesus came to this earth that Moses’ request was fully answered, because in Jesus we have the glory of the Lord.
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. Hebrews 1:1-3
We have something better than what Moses saw! We have Jesus, the physical embodiment of the glory of God! We do not have to look any further! There is no secret to finding the glory of God. We do not need to look elsewhere. We do not need to wait on anything. We lack nothing in this faith journey. We have Him! He embodied every single characteristic that we love about the holy, majestic God, and through His glorious death, He has grafted us into His family!
So the question Judah ends with is this:
Since when is Jesus not enough?
Since when do we have to supplement the Savior? Since when did we have to add to His divine sufficiency? Since when?
I admit that I find myself far too often looking elsewhere for my identity and my satisfaction. Even as I walk through this life with a ring on my right hand that is meant to be a daily reminder that “He is enough”, I find that I have lived too many days of this life trying to seek out the approval of man. I frantically look past Him at other things that will never satisfy, all the while I’ve felt Jesus trying to catch my eye. He just wants to catch my eye and tell me that His grace is sufficient for me. That He is made strong in my weakness. That I lack nothing in Him. That I do not need to try to measure up to anyone else. And that He will give me rest after I have wearied myself looking for something other than Him.
Jesus, forgive me that I’ve looked past You when all along all I’ve ever needed, was You. Thank you for never giving up on me.
“I am He,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.” John 4:26
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.