You are enough.
What goes through your mind when you hear those words?
Do you think, yes, I am! Or is it more along the line of, “if you only knew me”.
We live in a time of scarcity. Many of us wake up in the morning and our first thought is that we didn’t get enough sleep. There never seems to be enough time, enough money. We ourselves feel like we are never enough. If we just read our bibles more, prayed more, yelled less, ate less. The list goes on.
What drives that feeling in us? That feeling of inadequacy.
In part, we see ourselves through a limited perspective. The narrow view of self is like looking at life through a microscope. We constantly focus our attention on the tiniest imperfections.
God has a different view and we need to shift the thoughts about ourselves to what God says about us. Our value is based on the price that was paid for us, not on our performance. God thinks that we are worthy, so why don’t we?
Matthew 10:29-31 says,“What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.”
Worthy – having qualities that make one desirable and valuable. God thinks you are desirable and valuable. Regardless of what you say about yourself or what others have said.
Many of us can be our own worst critic. We need to shut down the voice of the mean girl inside of us who is constantly riding us, telling us how inadequate we are. We need to speak to ourselves the way we would speak to someone we loved.
I John 3:18-20 in the Message is one of my favorite verses. It says, My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
“Believe, have faith in, God’s love for you.”
Wow. The way to shut down debilitating self-criticism – even when there’s something to it, is to believe the love that God has for you. Believe, have faith in, God’s love for you. That takes changing your mindset.
God is not angry with you or disappointed in you. He sees you through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Jesus himself said, it is finished. We think it’s now up to us to earn God’s favor when we already have it.
Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
YOU are the joy that was set before Jesus. Jesus endured the shame of the cross because He thought you were worth it. Believe that love.
I Peter 2:9 says, For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
God not only knows you, but He chose you. Chosen means being selected as the best or most appropriate. God chose you. He thinks you are worth it – so should you.
God calls you worthy. He calls you chosen. He calls you blameless. Now it’s time you started calling yourself that. You are enough.
About the Author:
Sarah Turner continually stands in amazement of God’s grace. She has been married to Derek for almost 20 years. They have two beautiful girls, ages 17 and 8. Sarah and her husband pastor River Church in Charlotte, NC. Sarah has a passion to see women walk in the freedom and fullness which God desires to them to experience. Read more from Sarah at sleepingwiththepastor.com.