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, “enough” to my soul—stamps it over my tired body, places His seal over my frayed self. Click To Tweet
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):
The True Light
The Lamb of God
God’s Chosen One
King of Israel
Son of God
Son of Man
He is enough…all in all, sufficient, perfect, holy, the beginning and the end.
The secret to being good enough is found at the cross. #goodnews Click To Tweet
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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I was raised to believe every time I sinned God was mad at me. I lived in fear of making a mistake. As born again believer my journey has led me to know its okay that I am good enough but Jesus is. Stories like Gideon and Ruth have shown me that God is infamous for using the ordinary and the least to make big things happen. I pretty much fit that category. So daily, I practice trusting God to shine through my cracks to be enough to serve Him.
Thank you so much for sharing this, Sue. Yes, may He keep shining through our cracks. His strength in our weakness. 🙂
All the names of Jesus in your post reminded me of a poster I found at Walmart and had hanging on my wall throughout college. It was all the different names for Jesus found in Scripture. I wonder what ever happened to that old worn out poster. Oh and so much THIS: “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).” Blessed to be your neighbor at the Ra Ra linkup today.
Katie M. Reid says
Thank you for sharing, Tara. Hope you are having a great week. May His names serve as an anchor as you go forward in faith.
Liz Rigby says
So many times I try to take back over, and have to be reminded, like what you’re saying here, that I need to let Him do the work because mine will not be sufficient. Thank you for this reminder!
Katie M. Reid says
Hi Liz! Yes, let’s rest in His Sufficiency- so much peace right there. 🙂