I’ve been seeing the sentence, “You are enough,” all over the place lately.
The basic sentiment it is completely OK that you are not perfect. You can’t possibly do everything and please everybody all at the same time. The idea is that we should accept ourselves for who we are. We should stop comparing ourselves and worrying about what everyone else thinks.
And that sounds really nice.
But what haunts me is that, in ourselves, we really aren’t enough. I’m sorry, but it’s true. We’re far from perfect. We make mistakes. We fail. We fail again. Over and over.
Apart from Christ, we miss the mark pretty much every time and in every way.
It’s OK to be weak and imperfect–not because we say that its all right–but because we depend on God. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross we have grace and forgiveness. Jesus bridges the gap between our shortcomings and a perfect God. Through a relationship with God, we can begin to make sense of this crazy thing we call life.
Paul describes this well in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 when he asks God three times to take away HIS weakness–some kind of thorn in his flesh.
Be He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
It seems that God’s answer to taking away Paul’s weakness was a firm NO. And that was actually OK with Paul. It kept him humble. It kept him dependent on God. Paul knew that, in himself, he was NOT enough. But that’s where God’s power came into play. God provided Paul with everything he needed to complete the tasks he was called to do.
And so it is with us. We will always be lacking in some (and, in my case, MANY) ways! However, God is faithful to make up our deficiencies and provide what we need. When He does, we absolutely know that it was ALL GOD and not us.
It is dangerous when we tell a nonchristian that he or she is “enough.” Our weaknesses and limitations and our sins are EXACTLY what show us that we need God’s forgiveness and grace. Claiming to be enough gives a false sense of security.
It is also reckless to tell a Christian that he or she is “enough” apart from Christ. Because we absolutely are NOT. Pride in our own abilities and reasoning is a sin that drives a wedge between us and God. And that’s never a good situation.
May we always know that we are enough in Christ, and in Him alone!