That Evil Word

Enough

I can’t count the number of times I have heard myself or a friend say something like this,

“I’m afraid I’m not doing enough.”
“I’m not a good enough mom, friend, sister, evangelist, etc.”

Part of loving God with all our minds is learning how to step back and examine the thoughts we have. There are hidden beliefs behind many of these thoughts. Are we believing a lie or the truth?

When we use this word, enough, or when the enemy accuses us with it, what are we really believing?

There are two lies I think we’re believing here.

First, we still believe that our identity is rooted in our performance. This means we don’t believe the gospel.

“What? Wait!” you say. “I am a Christian. Of course I believe the gospel.” But friends, the gospel isn’t just for the day we’re saved. It’s for every day. Every day we must turn away from our performance and look to Jesus. He is our life and our righteousness every. single. day. So when your flesh or the enemy accuses you that you’re not enough, agree. Then preach the gospel to yourself. Of course you’re not enough, but Christ was and is and will be on your behalf. Even Paul said he wasn’t enough.

“Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent…” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Rest in the God who equips us for everything he has created us for.

The other lie we believe is rooted in fear. When we lament to our friends or to ourselves that we’re not enough, what we’re really believing is that everything depends on us. We believe that we’re in the driver’s seat with ultimate control.

But of course this is false.

“The Lord has established his throne in the heavens and his kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain…” Psalm 127

So let’s continually anchor our minds and hearts in the truth. God is enough. Christ is working in and through me for the Father’s good pleasure. And he is in control.

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