Try over-doing it: It's the thing to do!

Doug Boock

I remember it distinctly: My thought was “Aren’t you overdoing this Jesus thing a bit?”

I was wrong.

Occasionally I recall that moment - the time a few years ago when I thought a preacher I was listening to was overplaying Jesus. He was mentioning Jesus’ name with great frequency throughout his sermon.

Now I know why.

The Bible teaches that Jesus is the focal point of Christianity - not other things, such as going to church, doing good things or offering tithes. As one writer puts it, Christ is Christianity.

In John 6:35, Jesus says “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

In John 7:37-38, Jesus says “If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

For non-Christians - those who haven’t received Jesus as their Savior - those verses tell us how to become Christians: we must come to Him. If we do, we’ll receive Him - the Bread of Life and Living Water - necessary for eternal life.

For Christians, those verses say that now that  Jesus is our Savior, we should feast upon Him for strength and enjoyment moment by moment. 

You can’t overdo this Jesus thing.

“Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)