It has become a common thing that people say to each other as a form of encouragement. When someone is feeling down and out. When they are hurting, we want to say something to comfort them, right? This is one of those go-to phrases that we like to run to during those times.
Maybe we’ve been told that it is a great Daily Affirmation to tell ourselves. But it may seem like no matter how many times we try to remind ourselves of it, it just still doesn’t quite feel right. Maybe it doesn’t seem completely true.
Which phrase am I talking about?
“You are enough”
Now, before you go and get angry with me for being a heartless person, hear me out.
Firstly, I just want to say that this post is towards those following after Christ, so if you don’t profess to be a Christian, then this might just sound like a bunch of crazy talk. If so, this post may not be for you and that’s okay. I will be having other more general posts in the future so be on the look out for those!
With that being said, before I get into this, let me first ask you, does Scripture ever say that we are enough on our own? Does it ever say that we are good enough? Smart enough? Strong enough? Perfect just the way we are? All on our own?
It may surprise you to know that it does not.
And who has the ultimate authority to determine what is good and bad, if not the creator of the universe? When we say that someone is ” enough”, enough for what exactly?
In Romans 3 10-12 ESV it is stated “As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even ONE.” (emphasis by me)
It is also written in Romans 3:23 ESV “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
And again in Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV we see ” Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”
As we can see from Scripture, God takes righteous and “good”ness very seriously. He doesn’t compare us to each other to decide what is considered good. He doesn’t look at one person and say “Well, even though he has sinned in this way, he has still done many kind and good things in his life. So he is good.”
Nor does he say that one person is more good than the other because one has sinned less than the other.
No, we are compared to His perfect righteousness. And in comparison to Him, we are dirty, sinful and would never be “good enough” to be in His presence.
And this is why it is so important that we recognize this fact.
The more that we continue to tell others and ourselves that we are “good enough” all on our own, the more we take away the actual message of the Gospel! We turn people away from depending on Jesus for the salvation that they truly need and towards themselves to almost be there own “savior”.
If people start to believe that they are good and perfect as they are, why would they feel the need for a Savior?
I can honestly say that I have been guilty of doing this for probably most of my life, until I really took a look at Scripture. It is easy to follow the advice and “wisdom” of the world, because it becomes catchy and spreads easily. It becomes a part of our everyday lives.
But once this finally got through to me, I saw Jesus in a whole new light. I hungered for more of Him because I realized HOW MUCH I so desperately needed Him. And that was when my whole relationship with Him started to really change and deepen. My faith is stronger than it has ever been before.
And not in this way of just fearing Him and His mightiness (which is also something that is actually a positive thing! I will get to that in another post) but just soaking in the fact that Jesus, who was perfect and sinless took the place of an imperfect, sinful, hateful, vengeful person because God loved me? Yeah that changes the game completely.
And the amazing news is that when Jesus took our place on the cross, once we place our faith in Him and follow after Him, God sees us as He sees Jesus, good and blameless. So therefore, with Christ alone we are good enough! See, that’s the difference. Being able to encourage someone by saying “remember that IN CHRIST, you are enough!” is amazing. It points that person to the Truth about them and it is something that they can trust and believe with their whole hearts because God says so.
But this is why it is so important that we take any beliefs, or worldly wisdom circling around, to Scripture to find what is actually Truth.
I had put my faith in man for a long time. And it got me absolutely nowhere, just deeper and deeper in depression and sin. So I choose to put my faith in God and His Word. It is the only thing that has brought me healing, joy, and peace that is lasting.
If this is something that you haven’t really thought much on, like as was in my case before, I would just say to take this matter to God. Ask Him to show you the Truth. Ask Him to deepen your understanding of it, and to bring to light any lies you may be believing today.
If you’re saved, ask Him to strengthen your relationship with Him through this! And if you’ve not yet given your life over to following Christ, why not ask Him into your heart today!? He’s waiting with arms wide open just for you.
If you enjoyed this post or got anything beneficial from it, or even if you have a totally different thought about it, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! If you have any other topics you’d like to hear my take on, let me know those too.
I hope you have a great day!