“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” Colossians 2:9-10

  “Jesus Christ is made to me, All I need, all I need,

He alone is all my plea, He is all I need.

Wisdom, right­eous­ness and pow’r, Holiness for­ev­er­more,

My re­demp­tion full and sure, He is all I need.”

The words of this song have been on my mind as I prepared to write this devotional. I have not heard it in a long time, but it is as relevant to us today as when it was written in 1865 by Charles P. Jones.

From Paul’s writing in this and other epistles, we know that the Gentiles who were accepting the message of Jesus, were told by Jewish believers that they needed to keep some of the old law, such as circumcision. Paul was advising them in this letter to the Colossian church, to not let anyone turn them away from their simple faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus had fulfilled all the requirements of the law on their behalf, and they had at their disposal all the wisdom and knowledge that they needed.

In Isaiah 61:10, we read: “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”

Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for our salvation, there is nothing that we can do to earn our way to heaven. Each of us must come to the place where we surrender our lives completely to the Lord. As His children, we have access to all the blessings He has promised us here on earth and the hope of spending eternity with Him. We are complete in Him.

II Peter 1:3 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”

As we face life today with its trials and difficulties, we often forget that Jesus is all we need. We try to work things out ourselves, instead of just taking everything to Him. He has a plan and a purpose for each of us and already knows what the future holds. Paul himself learned this as he prayed for the Lord to remove his affliction from him, and then came to the realization expressed in II Corinthians 12:9 – “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for reminding us that You are all we need and that we are complete in You. May your will be done in our lives today as we surrender all to You.

Devotion by Anne Johnston



  1. Beautiful. Thank you for reminding us.
    God continue to bless and keep you.

    • Anne Johnston

      Thank you for your faithful reading and support.