For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
I am not ______ enough.
I bet as soon as you read that something along the lines of: capable, good, pretty, skinny, smart...etc, popped in your head.
But Moses pleaded with the LORD, "O Lord, I'm not very good with words. I never have been, and I'm not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled." Exodus 4:10
Even Moses, the one that lead the Hebrews out of Egypt felt inadequate at times. Have you ever felt like this? Like no one would take you seriously?
At about three o'clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" Matthew 27:46
Even human Jesus, while he was hanging on the cross felt like He wasn't good enough. Jesus felt unqualified, have you ever felt that way?
I have felt like both Jesus and Moses before. For the past 6 months I've battled daily with the lie that I'm not qualified to run an online coaching business. The lies have been: nobody whats to be coached by you, you are too young, you won't make a big enough difference, you won't change their life, nobody will care.
Every single one of those lies has penetrated my mind at some point or another and its lead me crippled on the ground wanting to quit. But not once were my eyes taken off of Him. Even in my questioning, I was STIll looking at Him.
Cause I think that if you have to question, question. To me, and to God, thats better than walking away..cause at least you acknowledge He's there. A part of you is still hanging on.
One of the things I've learned about God, is that He loves to teach patience, perseverance, and persistence.
Those are three essential things that we need as Children of Christ because God doesn't get in a hurry, we will often be waiting longer than we like, and feeling "good enough" only comes through constantly grabbing ahold of His hand.
God has never once looked at you and said you aren't good enough. Never once.
You were chosen, not because of what you've done (or haven't done) but because of Gods redeeming, restoring love.
God doesn't look through the lens of the world when he looks at us. He has his own filter. The kind that doesn't distort our bodies, capture the best lighting and angles, and make us look perfect and polished.
He KNOWS we have limitations. He KNOWS we don't have all the answers. He knows that we are work in progress. He prepared us in advance with everything we need to do what He called us to do. Nothing we ever go through is too much for us to handle, because God gives us just enough grace to get to the thing, and not too much so that we think we can do it alone.
Jordan Dooley says "There won't always be a cure, but there will always be healing".
And I think she's pretty darn right. Our wounds won't heal unless we acknowledge them.
He sees the decisions you've made that you carry with regret...and He calls you redeemed and restored.
He sees the nights you've found your comfort in the bed of men, and He calls you back to Him.
He sees the times you've been bullied, made fun of, or cast out, and He wraps you in His Grace
He sees the moments you've felt His pull, and you've walked the other way, and He still longs for your heart
There is nothing that you have done that God doesn't love you through.
I think seeing yourself through Gods eyes starts with breathing Him in. It means letting go of the tight grasp you have on the desire to seen by the world, by the boy, by the friend group you've been trying to fit in with because "if I just get in there, if I'm just accepted by them, if they just see me...ill mean something to this world". They will never love you with the love that Jesus does. They will never look at you in your brokenness and chose you.
He wants you raw and real.
He wants every tear, every messy word, every broken prayer.
Anytime the enemy tries to sneak in with the lie that suggests you aren't good enough, we can stand rooted in the Truth that declares that we are Gods handiwork (Ephesians 2:10) and we are enough (2 Peter 1:3), because of His grace and Power at work in you (2 corinthians 12:19).
IN what area are you feeling Not good enough? How can you change the way that you believe God see you today?