I’m weary of not being good enough. Not a good enough spouse, mom, writer, friend, daughter, sister, teacher. All my intentions and efforts seem to fall short as I try to measure up.
Do you wrestle with the truth, that in all our striving, in all our doing, in spite of all our creative and determined endeavors, it is not enough? It’s not enough to save us and make us righteous.
It’s not enough to earn favor and right standing with the Lord.
Without Jesus, we are not enough.
I can hear the strong and self-sufficient ones arguing, “But I am capable and confident. Surely my works are enough to stay in His good graces!” “Surely what I do is enough. I work so hard!”
But His grace isn’t earned. And apart from Him we have no good thing.
We don’t have to beg, plead, demand or steal, to turn His gaze toward us. We are only required to make a choice: to believe and receive Him…or not.
- Believe that He is Savior (The Forgiveness for our sins).
- Receive His Sufficiency (The Enough for our lack).
- Enjoy His Love (The Hope for our limitations).
In Him, with Him, through Him, we can truly live the abundant life and rest secure; forever.
We find hope in the One who hung on the cross for our sin. We experience peace because He was pierced for us. We discover joy beyond our circumstances because for the joy set before Him He died to set us free from the need to measure up (based on our efforts).
He says that we are enough because He gave all by loving enough…so much more than enough.
We believe that Jesus is who He says He is (see John 1):
He is enough…all in all, sufficient, perfect, holy, the beginning and the end.
The free (yet costly) gift of grace awaits our receptivity. Let’s open the good news, wrapped in flesh, topped with a crown of thrones—full of love, full of salvation, full of power.
Let’s hand over our misguided striving and hold onto His extravagant grace—forever changed by His “More than Enough.”
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