It’s so easy to think that we’re not good enough; in our studies, not good enough for our parents, feeling guilty when we mess up and thinking we’re not a good person. More than ever the media tells us our appearance isn’t good enough. The world makes money from telling us we’re not good enough, always pushing us to buy the next new thing. I struggle with this mentality often, and I can sometimes slip into thinking that I’m not good enough for God either.
But this is not true:
‘For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.’ (Ephesians 1:4).
We were not a mistake. God, the huge amazing God, made us, and he thinks we’re perfect as we are! The reality as a Christian is that we don’t have to do anything to make God love us, because of Jesus’ death on the cross. We don’t deserve this, but it is real.
Recently, when I’ve been feeling unsatisfied with myself, and wishing ‘if only I was ….’, I’ve been reminded of the image of a plant. We’re not a finished product; like a plant, we are constantly growing and changing, and as long as we face the sun (God) we will grow stronger and taller. I need to accept that I’m far from perfect, and it’s unrealistic to aspire to be perfect, because I never will be. Rather, I need to remember that God loves me in my imperfection, and praise him that I am so ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139:14).
So I hope this can be an encouragement if you are feeling that you’re not good enough in some way. Don’t let yourself be defined by any human definition of worth, whether your own or someone else’s. God thinks you are worth it, and he is so pleased with you.
Because of Jesus, you are more than good enough for His love.