Saturday, February 23, 2013

Never Good Enough

We all struggle with feelings of inadequacy at times. Maybe we have trouble keeping up with others in sports. We may find it takes us longer to “catch on” to something new than it does our co-workers. Whatever it is we face, there will always be someone better, faster, or stronger.

Similarly, we all struggle with sin. We think we have an issue under control only to see it rear its ugly head again when we least expect it. We look around at others in church and they seem to have it all together. If only I could be more giving, patient, kind, etc. (fill in the blank). If only I could be more like whoever (fill in the name).

The truth is we are all sinners. We all struggle with sin, every day. None of us really have it “all together.” We are unable to perfectly fulfill the law of God. The Bible tells us that “The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24). The Law of God teaches us that we are sinful, that we can never be “good enough.” We cannot earn His favor. No matter how hard we try or how much we do.

The challenge today is to look to Christ as an example of the standard to strive towards, and stop looking at everyone around you. Repent of your sin, confess your utter dependence upon Him and need for His help, and know, that despite the fact you aren’t good enough, if you are truly His, you are forgiven. Now that is good enough!

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