You are enough.*
You are worthy.*
You are perfect just as you are.*
I think people say these things to be encouraging, but honestly? It’s a huge backfire. If you’re enough, and you’re worthy, and you’re perfect, then …why do you keep messing up? Why do you make mistakes, or choose wrong things, or fail at things you care about? Why do you get so tired? Why do you sometimes feel like you just can’t figure things out? (…Or do all these things only happen to me?)
*Here’s the thing: these unqualified statements are only true if we’re saying them to God.
They are not true of us!
Beautifully, though, they become true of us (in a conditional way) if we are in Christ – because of Christ.
IN CHRIST, we are enough – because Christ is enough, and He did everything we can’t do, and He counts His enough-ness as ours.
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form. And you have been made complete in Christ…” Col 2:9-10a
IN CHRIST, we are worthy – because Christ is worthy, and God, our Creator, makes us worthy through Him. We are not qualified on our own; He qualifies us.
“…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Col 1:12
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power…” 2 Thes 1:11
IN CHRIST, we are perfect (though not “just as we are,” exactly) – because Christ is perfect, and our lives are now found in Him. (Col 3:3) He has made us perfect through His sacrifice on our behalf; His moral perfection is attributed to us when we choose to follow Him, so we can have a relationship with God, and no longer be separated from Him by our sin. At the same time, it’s quite obvious that we are not currently perfect in our actions and morals! He is continually working to make us perfect – to “sanctify” us – until the day we go to be with Him, when that process will be completed.
“…because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are being sanctified.” (Heb 10:14)
When we know the truth – that in ourselves, we are not enough, we are not worthy, we are not perfect just as we are – we are given this amazing, beautiful relief:
WE DON’T HAVE TO BE.
We just have to be in Christ.
Jesus did it all for us.
By the beautiful grace of God,
the pressure’s off.
Because He is enough.