Jesus is enough. Most of us spend our lives feeling not enough; not beautiful enough, not smart enough, not talkative enough, not quiet enough, not wife enough, not husband enough, not a good enough person, not good enough to be someone’s friend, not good enough to work in a certain job, not enough for our children, not enough for our friends; and many other such feelings.
Whose enough are we comparing ourselves with? Who said that what other people do is the right or only way, who said that what other people say or how they say it is the right way, who said that the way other people dress is the right way, who said other people are more important than us, who said other people’s way of life is the best or only way? We are to respect others but not follow them like blind people. What is really enough?
If we are not careful, we will spend our whole life trying to be enough. We will spend our whole life trying to adjust to other people’s expectations of us, trying to please everyone at our expense, trying to seek validation and acceptance from other people instead of going to God. We are all different, yet equal in the eyes of God. There are those in authority and we are to respect them in accordance with the Word of God. The Bible tells us to give everyone what we owe them.
Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority. Owe nothing to anyone, except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s Law. Romans 13:7-8.
Love does not mean conforming or becoming people-pleasers, no, it means knowing who we are and standing with the truth. We should never allow anything or anyone to lead us into sin or tell us to do or say anything that goes against the Word of God.
Our duty on this earth is to love God first and then to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. When we do that, then we have fulfilled the Law. People-pleasing is one of the worst traits we can have. People are never satisfied. Today they are on our side then tomorrow they are not, today they are our friend then tomorrow they are not, today they are talking to us then tomorrow they are talking about us. We were never meant to be people-pleasers, we are to please only God.
People-pleasing and the desire for validation and acceptance from others is one of the things that make us feel not good enough. If our standard in life is other people; what other people are saying, what other people are doing, how other people are dressing, where other people live, how other people are living; if that is our standard, we will live discontent lives. We will always crave more.
Things of this world can never satisfy us. Yes, we should always strive to be better, we should strive for a better quality of life, we should strive to advance into the next step in life; yet still, we should never let such things define us, we cannot achieve such things without God’s guidance. Our motive for doing and saying something is very important. Are we just seeking acceptance from people? If that is our motive, then we can have all the wealth of this world and never get satisfied. Only God satisfies.
The Word of God is our standard. Our standard is doing the will of God. Our standard is living a life governed by God. Our standard is having the Holy Spirit within us, Jesus as our personal Lord and Savoir, and God as our heavenly Father. That is the standard.
When we have God, we have enough, and in God, we have enough.
The Bible tells us that God will supply every one of our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. God is our provider, He is our Source. Everything we have and will ever need comes from God. We are to go to God first and He will open doors and close them as it pleases Him. Everything He does is for our good.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.
God wills us good. At the heart of our Father is good plans for us, at His heart is unconditional love. He manifested His love for us by giving His Son Jesus to die for our sins so that we may not perish but have everlasting life. Salvation is a gift, given freely, we only have to accept and we will be saved, our lives will be turned around for good.
And there is salvation in no One else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12. The name is Jesus.
God holds all things together. All things were created through Him and for Him. We are precious in the eyes of God. He created us in His image and likeness. Other people are the creation of God too, which means, therefore, we are not to compare our lives with fellow creation. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except through Jesus.
Instead of wasting our time comparing ourselves to others, instead of wasting time feeling not enough, why not instead spend time developing a relationship with Jesus? We should make Jesus our all, our best friend. Jesus does not condemn us, He never makes us feel less than. He already laid down His own life for us even while we were still sinners. That is His measure of love, laying down His life.
The Father judges no one, but has given all judgement to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. John 5:22-23.
Jesus is more than enough. Jesus is I Am, He will always be.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am” John 8:58.
God’s divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence. Through Jesus, we have access to heavenly treasures by the power of the Holy Spirit in God.
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