You Are Enough

It was the week after I’d taken a very challenging history exam. I waited impatiently for my professor to grade my test, and he finally did. After a torturous period of waiting, I discovered my grade. And I instantly felt disgusted, dissatisfied, and disappointed.

You see, after studying for ten hours with the hope of getting an A, I only made an 80.

An 80.

You may be thinking, “Oh, hush. That’s not bad at all. You could’ve failed.”

Yes, that’s true.

But I studied ten hours.

And I was ten points away from an A.

My disgust was great. What did I need to do to make an A? Did I need to wake up earlier, go to bed later, and skip every single meal to study history? Did I need to withdraw from my other classes to focus on this class alone?

How much studying would be enough?

This semester, I’ve really been struggling to get A’s. But no matter how hard I try, I can’t make perfect grades.

The struggle to make good grades reminds me of our struggle to be “good” Christians. We try so hard to do everything perfectly…yet we still fall short. We try to do and be all the right things…yet we still fail.

Will we ever be enough?

The beautiful truth of God’s Word is this:

We already are.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 NKJV).

Before we had done anything good, God loved us. Before we had even attempted to do good, Christ died for us.

He has already earned goodness for us. We can’t study hard enough or work hard enough or be enough to earn it for ourselves. He lets us have the righteousness He had and has.

What we actually earned was death. Because we sinned against God, we deserved to pay for it. But He paid for it instead.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NASB)

Love that we could never earn. Grace that we would never deserve. A debt forgiven that we could never repay.

You may not be enough for your parents, spouse, teachers, friends, siblings, children, boss, classmates, church members, or co-workers.

But you are enough in God’s eyes.

If you feel discouraged about working incredibly hard for someone and not getting what you think you deserve, remember God’s grace toward you. We deserved death. We had earned eternal sorrow and shame. But before we had even sinned, Christ gave us the abundant life—free from sin’s shackles—that He had earned.

So, friend, because of Christ,

You are enough.

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  1. Thank you so much, T.R.! You’re right–sometimes, doing our best doesn’t mean getting an A. And, thankfully, Christ doesn’t compare our “scores” in life to others’ “scores.” He gives us the gift of eternal life because He was perfect in our place. ❤

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  2. It is awesome how you connect this to Christians because I see the flaw of comparison in this.

    When I struggled with my last Math class I took in college I had to push myself much more in studying than what I was used to (which was more similar to your situation of how I studied previously). I studied a straight three days for the math exam. Math was all I did. On the final I was able to receive a low B which earned me a C for the entire class, and I was really happy with that grade because I did my best, and truly knew I did my best and the fact that I struggled with math for so long (second time attempting the class) I was happy to be able to move forward.

    But there have been other situations where I’ve been harder on myself thinking I should have done better. And you’re right we do this as Christians. I see so many compare themselves to others and comparing themselves to their expectations, which may not always go the way they plan. A theme that tends to happen when we give things to God. ❤ 🙂

    I've learned not to be hard on myself, but to learn through the situation and to work on contentment even if it isn't exactly what I thought it would be or how it would turn out.

    You still did absolutely amazing by the way, don't sell yourself short, and thank you for sharing a lesson we all could learn from.

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  3. Thank you for this beautiful post! It is so true, we are already enough. We can’t do anything to earn God’s love because we already have it all thanks to Christ.

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