“You’re Not Good Enough!”
That’s probably the hardest lie to combat—the little nagging thought in the back of your mind that says that you’re not good enough to be a Christian. That if you were really a Christian, you wouldn’t __________ (fill in the blank). I believe it’s so hard to combat because it’s true. You aren’t good enough!
Surprised that I would say that? Expect me to pat you on the back and say, “It’s ok. I’m sure you’re not as bad as you think. You are good enough, honey, and God loves you because He sees how special you are.” Nope, sorry. Wrong answer. You aren’t good enough. You are worse than you think. After all, the Bible says that if we are guilty of breaking one part of the law, we are guilty of breaking all of it (James 2:10). So, frustrated with yourself because you can’t stop doubting? Angry that you seem to always be thinking of yourself instead of others? Wondering if God can forgive you for stumbling over the same rock for the 600th time? Face it, you are NOT good enough for God.
So, if the solution to feeling guilty in God’s presence isn’t to think about how good you really are (because you would know the truth: that you really aren’t all that good), than what is the solution? The solution is to stop focusing on yourself. No, you are not good enough. Yes, you have fallen flat on your face too many times to count. Stop focusing on how sinful you are and start focusing on God—how good He is and how much He has done for you. After all, He did the whole send-Jesus-to-die-for-you-on-the-cross thing. Let me say that more slowly. God (holy, created the whole earth, perfect) sent His only Son (also perfect, etc.) to die (yes, I said die) for you (and we’ve already established how sinful you are).
Listen my friends, if at any time you have wondered if God really loves you enough to rejoice over you (check out Zephaniah 3:17 for a really awesome verse about God’s amazing love), know this: that there is nothing more amazing than Jesus coming to bring reconciliation between a holy God and a sinful us. Whether you were brought into relationship with Him yesterday or fifteen years ago, it was and is the ultimate sign of God’s amazing love for you and for me. At any time, Jesus could have called the whole thing off, but He didn’t because He saw you. He saw me, and He loved us. He didn’t love us because He saw anything special in us, nor did He love us because we somehow proved ourselves worthy of His love. He loved us because He created us to be in relationship with Him, and He wants nothing more than to cultivate that relationship.
We are not good enough for God. That is amazing news…because He is good enough, and His love is great enough to cover all our sins.