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He Makes Me Enough

He makes me enough.

I need to remember that but sometimes the truth of it slips through my fingers like water poured in my cupped hands. 

so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:10 ESV

The other day someone asked me if I still did “that little blog thing?” and if that’s all I planned to do with my life. Now, I know I may not have some flashy career. I may not run a country or have a medical degree that can help me save lives. I may not be rich and live in a mansion high on a hill or have a fleet of high dollar cars at my disposal but is that what is truly important? 

we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:12 ESV

We were called to this, this reaching out and loving of others across the miles across the world. We heard His call and trembling said, “Here I am Lord, send me”, never fully understanding the scope of all He was calling us to do and be.  Not grasping the surrendering and the following that it would require of us but just following and trusting Him.

but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV

I had two reactions to that, first, it showed me that they obviously weren’t following the blog and second, I yet again didn’t measure up. I wasn’t good enough. As much as I want to shrug off their words, put on a pair of cute heels and some worship music and carry on, the truth is I really do want them to be proud of me. To celebrate our accomplishments. To have the scale tip, and let me be good enough in their eyes.

Only let your manner of life be worthy of  the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, Philippians 1:27 ESV

 

When You Feel You Are Not Enough

 

The truth is I may never be what others may think I should be, because that’s not where He wants me. Other’s approval is not what he requires. I don’t have to change what I am doing if I am living my life to please Him, living in His will. I don’t have to find approval with them because I’ve already found it with the King of Kings.

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.  Galatians 1:10 ESV

How quickly we forget this. We get caught up trying to achieve others approval, instead of following Him. We fixate on tipping their scale in our favor, piling on “achievements” but always falling short. We concentrate on the success of the world which in the end leaves you hollow and empty.

 

God Makes Us Enough

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, Ephesians 4:1 ESV

Chances are their scale will never tip in our favor, we probably won’t ever measure up to the worlds standards. The truth is, we aren’t enough in and of ourselves, but when we let him, God sweeps in and fills the places that are lacking, and then He tips us over to fill others empty places. With Him, we are enough. We are complete. We don’t have to compete to gain approval because when we are living for him, He has already given it. When we live to serve Him, we measure up. We’re good enough.

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When we seek Him first and His kingdom, we are what He has called us to be. We are where He has placed us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be anywhere else.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV

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