“Not good enough.”
For many of us these words have been our constant companion, a heavy weight, an unfortunate reality. They’ve rung in our ears like a musical note that’s off-key. They’ve flashed before our eyes like a bright neon sign.
This belief invokes a myriad of reactions. Some of us avoid new challenges and opportunities, accepting defeat before we make an attempt. Others of us strive diligently, doing whatever it takes to become good enough. The latter approach often produces in us a need to be noticed and praised. It breeds a self sufficiency that leads to boasting as we seek the approval of others.
Yet for those of us with this struggle, there is hope! The apostle Paul spoke to a people who “wanted to make a good appearance outwardly.” He said to them, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world…the only thing that counts is a new creation” (Galatians 6:14-15). The cross made it possible for Christ to live in us. Our identity no longer has to come from our abilities. Jesus, who is perfect, all-knowing and all-sufficient, has become for us everything we need. He is enough!
When you face challenging circumstances, striving to face them in your own strength will always prove to be overwhelming. As you place your trust in Christ, believing that through Him you can do all things, He frees you from the heavy load that He never meant for you to carry. You don’t have to be good enough. He becomes your strength, providing everything that you need to walk victoriously through your problems.
What you do apart from Christ counts for nothing. What Christ in you can do counts for everything.
In what ways are you feeling not good enough? Will you seek Christ as your “more than enough”? He delights in being your sufficiency (Eph 3:20).