All I (we) Have Is Christ
From Allen: It is always interesting trying to figure out how I am going to write these talks. There are so many different angles one can dissect at a worship song, but I try to always approach it in a way that is impactful to my current life situation. My current situation is this. God is so incredibly good on a level we can't comprehend, and I can't help but be encouraged by his grace. Even in the midst of uncertainty with life in general, I can take heart in the fact that our God is unchanging and has made a way for us through Jesus. Let's see how this song encourages me in that way.
As I go through this song, please realize that I am using the pronoun "I", but you should definitely read it regarding yourself. This story of redemption applies to everyone who has been saved! Verse one and two are basically saying that I (all of us) was in a place of desperation before I knew Christ. Even though I thought I had everything pulled together, I was actually running headlong into hell. I didn't realize the situation I was in because I didn't know my Father yet, and I was indifferent to the path I was on because I didn't know where it was leading. Through God's love, he looked upon my helpless state and led me to the cross. Because of that, all I know is the grace of God, and you know what? That grace is sufficient for me.
The chorus sings "Hallelujah! All I have is Christ, Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!" Sometimes in life the only assurances we are given are the promises of God. It is up to us to look at that and realize that those promises are enough to hold us over through whatever season we are in. (Whether that is a good season or a bad season.) It is so hard to keep a constant focus on the goodness of God, but that is why we sing these songs! We are forgetful creatures, so we need to constantly be preaching the gospel to our own souls and lifting up each other with scripture and song.
Paul explains perfectly how we can use our weakness to glorify God in this closing verse. "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9