Can I Be Good Enough?

     I think we all struggle with the idea of being “good enough”.  Good enough for our parents, good enough for our teachers, good enough for a spouse or significant other, good enough for society and ultimately, good enough for God. How can I be good enough? I am always so aware of my own failings. My selfishness, pride, evil thoughts and weaknesses. Then there are the times I know I am not as smart as others, not as capable, not as gifted. There comes a point in life when we know we are never going to be the superstar or the “best” in our field. Sometimes we discover we are “just average” and heaven forbid, that we be below average! Does that change our worth?   Does that make us less valuable as a person! Never! Our society is so focused on being the best, the most beautiful, the smartest, the most successful financially, the strongest, fastest or best at whatever we do. But only a few can ever achieve those things. Where does that leave plain, old average me? Where does that leave me when even at my best, I know I am a sinner? The place to find the answer is always in the book of ultimate truth, God’s Holy Word. What does God say?“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14 His works are wonderful! How can we call what God made, worthless? There used to be a poster that read, “God don’t make no junk.” That is true! He is our creator! Every human being is an amazing creation! Each body is full of wondrous things. From each DNA that makes us totally unique to each cell that is a mind-boggling creation.  Just think! Every human being who ever was or ever will be is unique in every way. No one in all of history or creation is just like you!

      When Moses pointed out his own weakness to God, the LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?” Exodus 4:11 We are all His creation. “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 Sometimes we think maybe God made a mistake. “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?” Romans 9:20-21

We are all his wonderful creation but his creation has been corrupted by sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 Our sin does separate us from God but it does not change God’s love for us. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NLT)  “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 That is how much God loves us! We are precious to Him!

So, to answer the question, “Can I be good enough?” No. But, the great news is: God loves us anyway!! He loved us enough to send Jesus to be good for us! Jesus took us helpless in our sin and gave us His righteousness! That is the best news we could get! When the thought, “I am not good enough” comes – Remember: Jesus who made me and you the way he wanted us to be, loved us enough to die for us and to replace our sin with His righteousness – that makes us priceless!

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