Saturday, March 24, 2012

Christ is all I need

Dr. Dixon always had us sing "Christ is all I Need" to close his Monday chapel services at college.  It sounds like a funeral dirge, but I can just hear the Negro slaves singing it across the generations that separate us.  And my kids like it, maybe because Daddy doesn't.  But I was just reading Katie Davis' blog and it reminded me that I need to remember the message of that simple Negro Spiritual.  Christ is all I need.  I don't need the kids to always behave.  I don't need my husband to always be supportive and sweet and cheerful.  I don't need the dishes and laundry to be done up.  I don't need my parents to be in perfect health.  I don't need enough money to pay all the bills.  I don't need 8 hours of sleep every night.  I NEED CHRIST.  I needed Him to pay the price one time in the past for my sins.  I need Him to one day in the future take away my sinful nature.  And I need Him TODAY to lead me, to guide me, to give me what I need-love, patience, grace, mercy- for this moment.   I need Him today to be my all in all, to meet my every need- physical, spiritual, emotional. "Christ is all I need, Christ is all I need, He's all I need.  Christ is all I need, Christ is all I need, He's all I need."  And then I will have "Victory in Jesus"!  "...and then I cried, Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit. And somehow Jesus came to me and brought to me the victory.  Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior forever.  He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood.  He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him.  He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood." And He is all I need, every moment, every day. Amen