I’m Not Good Enough And Neither Are You

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In a world that is constantly pushing us to be better people and self help books abound, I’m going to say something that’s just not that popular.

I’m not good enough and neither are you.

Not only that, but we never will be. No matter how many books we read or how hard we try, we’ll never measure up. Before we all get super depressed, let me unpack this a bit.

It’s the start of a new year and I decided I was going to do something to better myself. I ordered a brand new Bible and set out to read the entire thing in one year. After about 12 days and 3/4ths of the way through Genesis I have come face to face with a sobering fact. All of the folks that we consider to be pillars of the Judeo-Christian world were really messed up people. Seriously, they were all complete sinners.

Adam deliberately disobeyed God’s commands causing sin and evil to enter the world. Cain murdered his brother out of jealousy. Noah had a little too much to drink. Abraham failed to trust God and lied about being married to Sarah. Isaac followed in his father’s footsteps and lied about being married to Rebekah. Jacob lied, cheated, and stole a birth right that wasn’t his and his son Joseph was a bragger. Out of all of these folks God’s plan of blessing, grace, and redemption took place. God uses broken and messed up people to do his work.

This is good news for us! It isn’t and never has been about our own merit. Paul, writing to the church in Ephesus, puts it this way:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)

So, instead of trying a little harder, let’s trust in Jesus, who has done all the work for us. Through faith in him, we are forgiven of all of our sins and will be used to change the world around us. Even though we aren’t good enough, He is, and will continue to move through His people. Our God loves to use broken people to do extraordinary things.

3 thoughts on “I’m Not Good Enough And Neither Are You

  1. Steve M says:

    Thought provoking post, and this is one of my favorite verses… I see where you are going here, but allow me to offer the null hypothesis. Simply put, ” We *are* good enough because of His grace.” Allow to me expand on this a tad. A lot of people such as myself really (really) struggle with feeling like we always fall short when even at our absolute best. This could be at work, school, home, or the worst of all, with God. Feeling like you’ve let Him done. That’s the worst, so to read, “You aren’t good enough,” is really defeating.There are some who fall short and don’t care; some who fall short and do care but can move on; and then there are those who fall short and care to the point of despair. If you have never heard the song “My Struggle” by Seventh Day Slumber, well, you should. It’s one I identify with…. a lot. Give it a listen. The hook to the song is, “There must be some mistake, because I am not worth the price you paid.” The fact is God tells us there is no mistake here, you and I were worth that price. That’s mighty hard to reconcile. Really? Me? I was worth that? No… that can not be right! For some, accepting forgiveness and letting go long long after God has is really (again, really) hard. Your post suggest that falling short leads to a motivation to try harder, and I can see that for some, but it’s also a sort of demotivation in the sense that it can lead to a feeling of, “gosh — what’s even the point of trying ’cause it will never matter.” Both are soul crushing in the own right, but for much different reasons.

    I guess I have taken the long way to say the title of this should be, “I am good enough for his Grace, and so are you!” We are saying the same thing, I just wanted to offer a different angle to consider.

    Good post, brother. Good post.

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    1. natehuse says:

      Steve, thanks for your reply. I agree with everything you said. We are made good enough through Jesus atoning work on the Cross. I too, am a person who felt such guilt and shame that I had a hard time “forgiving myself”. I once had a person speak some words to me that I will never forget. “It’s not your job to forgive yourself.” My point is that we are forgiven not based on any merit of our own, we will never be good enough to earn salvation, but God delights in calling us broken sinful beings his children by the salvific work of Jesus. I love God’s use of broken people to carry out His plan.

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