Don’t be afraid to have nothing from the world’s perspective, since you have everything from God’s perspective. The Gospel’s power to give you everything you truly need frees you from the pressure of needing to prove anything or protect anything in your life. Realize that even if circumstances strip away everything that the world says is important from your life, absolutely nothing can ever separate you from God’s love or prevent Him from meeting your deepest needs when you trust Him to do so. Know that Jesus’ strength at work on your behalf overcomes all of your weaknesses, and Jesus’ blessings are more than enough to make up for anything that you lack.

Show others who need Jesus how the Gospel’s power is changing your life. Rather than trying to impress seekers with an image of how good a person you are (which will only discourage them when they compare themselves to you and think that that they’re not good enough to enjoy relationships with Jesus), show them honestly how you’re relying on the Gospel’s power to overcome the sin in your life. When they see that, seekers will be captivated by the Gospel’s power and drawn toward Jesus and the hope that He offers them.

Root your identity in your relationship with Jesus. Resist the world’s pressures to derive your identity from anything less than your relationship with Jesus. Remind yourself often that your connection with Jesus is the truest definition of who you are, and make that the basis for your confidence and all of your decisions.

Let God’s love for you inspire you to obey Him. Reflect on God’s love for you often to remind yourself that He wants the very best for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your mind so that you come to love what God loves and hate what God hates. Rely on the Gospel’s power to be obedient to God’s will so you can experience the full amount of blessings that He wants to give you.

Adapted from Jesus + Nothing = Everythingcopyright 2012 by Tullian Tchividjian. Published by Crossway Books, Wheaton, Ill., http://www.crossway.org/.

Tullian Tchividjian is the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the author of other books, including Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different, Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life's Most Important Relationship, and Surprised by Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of RebelsA Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div.), Tullian travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the United States, and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program LIBERATE. As a respected pastor, author, and speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the radical, amazing power of God's grace. Visit his blog at: http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/tchividjian/.

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Publication date: May 14, 2012