For a long time this year I wrestled with the thought, the lie that I needed to be good ‘enough.’ This came to my mind last night when I was watching a TV show. I love many elements of the TV show, but I did not like that they kept talking and comparing certain people. Some people were good. Others were bad. Well, that is true, but the thing that’s not true is that we can make ourselves good. Maybe we can make ourselves good enough for one certain person, but the only One who matters is God.
This year was a year of freedom for me. I realized I didn’t have to make myself good enough for God, because that’s why Jesus Christ came. He didn’t come to save people who were already good. He came to save sinners and make them good. He came to enable us to love. He came to give us LIFE, HOPE, and to cleanse us of the darkness inside.
We all have darkness. It would be a lie to say that we didn’t. It would be a lie for me to tell you that I’ve never hated anyone, never lusted after any one, never dishonored my parents.
And one sin, one transgression is what condemns me, but One Savior is the One who saves me.
I find GREAT freedom in not striving to try to make myself good, because that’s an impossible striving. It’s impossible because I can never be ‘good enough.’ Yet God is good. Jesus, the Son of God, the second person in the Godhead is good. And His righteousness makes me good.
I can WALK, run, jump, leap in that freedom. I’m not good enough by myself, but I’m not by myself. I don’t have to work to make you all think the best of me, because Jesus Christ has set me free from trying to create my own righteousness which is only filthy rags.
Now Jesus Christ lives in me, and any good thing you see in me is Jesus.
I can walk in that freedom; I can tell others about that.
Don’t let Satan lie to you that you can make yourself good. Because that’s going to be a prison for you. It means that you’ll always be trying and never succeeding.
Jesus has succeeded. That is the whole glory of Christmas.
I hope this was a blessing to you. It’s been on my heart so much recently.
Love you all.
Have you ever struggled with feeling like you weren’t good enough and you wanted to try to change yourself?
Have you seen that only Jesus can cover you with His goodness?