#035: Gospel Hope For the Woman Who Feels Not Enough

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 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. 

That’s me. 

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

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints,
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might
that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
— Ephesians 1:15-23

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.

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
— Galatians 2:16
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
— 1 Timothy 2:5-6
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
— 2 Corinthians 5:21

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,

in his mercy God has provided in Christ a great substitution—a “blessed exchange”—according to which Jesus can stand in for us with God, offering his perfect righteousness in place of our failure and his own life’s blood in place of ours.
— John Piper

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. 

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