#035: Gospel Hope For the Woman Who Feels Not Enough
I’ve always struggled with not feeling enough.
“Not pretty enough”
“Not smart enough”
“Not achieving enough”
"Not talented enough"
The world tells me that I just need to get up and do things to boost my confidence more.
But isn’t that what I’ve been doing? Trying to do more to prove myself?
I actually sat down and wrestled this with God the other day.
In summary, this is what I gathered:
Not feeling good enough is not because of a low self-confidence.
Not feeling good enough is a deflated self-confidence that was once inflated - an ego that was once prideful and full of itself.
I was told I was not good enough at school. I was never favored by my teachers.
That stung my pride and now every time I feel not good enough, it is like that old wound still stings.
But if I REALLY think about it, it is theologically correct that I am not “enough”.
I am not meant to be enough because I am a created being with limits.
I am not meant to be enough because I am not God.
Only Jesus is ever enough.
He Who Is In Me Is Enough
Jesus who is in me is enough.
Jesus is enough because He is far above all rule, all authority, all power, and all dominion. He is the head over all of us and the fullness of Him fills everything.
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, friend, the fullness of Him fills you!
Christ is completely in every bit of you and fills all the cracks with His Spirit.
How amazing is that?!
Jesus is in us and He is enough.
Whose Standard Are You Measuring Yourself Up To?
Now, I want to ask you a question: When you feel "not enough", whose standard are you measuring yourself up to? Is it God's or is it yours?
I'll be the first to raise my hand and admit that I am too harsh on myself.
I am often measuring myself up to a standard that I impose on myself.
It is a standard that is higher than what God has set for myself.
No wonder I feel inadequate!
I will never be enough if I'm trying to meet man-made requirements for adequacy.
So that begs the question: what is God's standard for myself?
God's standard is the law written in the Bible.
The problem with the law is that no one can fulfill the law.
We see throughout the Bible that people sin time after time.
We cannot make ourselves right with God because we can never fulfill the law perfectly.
It sounds doom and gloom but that's not where the story ends.
God sent Jesus to fulfill what we can't. Jesus became sin and died on our behalf so we wouldn't have to, so we could spend an eternity with God in freedom.
Friend, you are clothed in Jesus's righteousness.
We may not be enough, but Christ fills the gap for us.
He bridges the gap; He brings us to God in His righteousness.
That is the beauty of the Gospel.
That is the truth that I want you to dwell in today.
Whenever you feel not enough, whenever you feel you fall short, go to Jesus.
John Piper says,
Take Refuge in Him
We don't have to feel trapped in our own inadequacy.
There is freedom and grace in Christ.
Whenever we find ourselves not feeling enough, let it serve as a reminder that we should go to the One who IS enough and has filled the gap for us.
I don’t feel like a good enough writer? I’ll go to Him who created words.
I don’t feel like a good enough homemaker? I’ll go to Him who is orderly.
I don’t feel like a good enough steward? I’ll go to Him who is the manager of all things.
I may not be “enough”, humanly speaking. But I take comfort in knowing that He is always enough and He dwells in me and He fills the gap for me.
Isn't that amazing?! Isn't the work of Christ on the cross amazing?!
Dwell in that truth, friend. Let that truth sink in.
Let it fuel you so that you know whenever those feelings of inadequacy creep up, you know there is hope - right there inside of you.
The unintentional break from the podcast over the past few weeks has made me realized that I was too ambitious with the podcast. I was pushing two episodes out each week and that was just too much for me in this current season of life.
With that being said, I will reduce the episodes down to just one a week.
New episodes will come out every Wednesday from now on.