You will never be enough till you have Christ

Have you scrolled through your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and read an encouragement that says “YOU ARE ENOUGH”?

Well, culture today encourages self-care so much, giving people praises and recognition that says they are enough, that they don’t need anybody else to seek validation from, and that they just have to be themselves.

What does that even mean? When being ourselves is tied up to our culture and society? When how we act is being influenced by the world’s standards?

Clearly, we can never be enough on our own. We don’t have an identity on our own. And the only way to really know who we are and what we’re purposed to do is to know the one who created us out of love.

I personally had a hard time swallowing the truths up because the only way to see that Christ is enough is to first humbly accept that we lack and we need somebody to complete us.

Yet maybe, by learning what enough means and knowing how God can provide our lack, we can easily accept that fact.

Enough means sufficient. When something is sufficient, we don’t need any supplementary stuff to it.

To tell you a story, I have once experienced a class with a professor who teaches the subject based on his level. Us, the students always had a hard time catching up and so we have to read some supplementary books and watch YouTube tutorials to be able to understand our lessons.

Even though that professor teaches the way he thinks is enough for us to understand, in our part, we have to cling to other references because for us, his teaching is insufficient.

God isn’t like that. He stooped down to our level, experienced the pain that we also experience (and even worse than that), and walked on the earth along with the people that He created.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (ESV)

He did that because He knows that we’ll be needing a lot of Him as we live in this world. He loves us too much to leave us crawling our way to survival just to end up to hell.

Christ is enough for our salvation.

We, humans, are bound to go to hell as a payment for all the sins we have done and will be doing (Romans 6:23).

However, God made a way for us and paid it instead. through the life of Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

Doing good works, joining a certain religious groups, the time we spent in church,  achieving a lot in career and education, these can never ever save us from the fiery pit of hell.

The Bible tells us a complete and clear message to receive eternal life.

And it is Jesus Christ alone, nothing more, nothing less.

Christ is enough for our abundance.

I know how much we want to live in abundance, not just spiritually, but also financially and physically. Provision for everyday living, healthy body, sound mind, name them.

Maybe a lot of us would like God to tell us every detail to everything that He wants us to do so that we can attain them. However, having Jesus is a complete package. He gives wisdom, He gives hope, and He gives grace.

Believing that Jesus Christ died for our sins doesn’t only end us going to heaven for eternity but it also comes with a package more than our hearts can contain (well, eternity can hardly even be contained!)

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:32

You see, our ultimate Father is an unlimited Father. He is good and perfect, and as we are His children, He delights in giving us what is good, pleasing, and perfect for us.

Christ is enough for our life’s purpose.

While Ephesians 2:8-9 talks about how Jesus is enough for our salvation, the verse after says that He is enough to give us our life’s purpose while we’re still here in this world.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

Purpose is what keeps us going. When we come to know God, He tells us that our life’s main purpose is to glorify Him.

Glorifying God means us being a subject of His love, us loving Him back, and us loving people around.

Our new life is not only for us to experience the abundance of His grace but also to be a vessel of blessings to others, to be able to share the gospel to the lost, who once we were like. Ptr. Gilbert once said that we Christians are not only saved from something but are also saved for something. And that is to do good works!

We Christians are not only saved from something but are also saved for something.
— Ptr. Gilbert Foliente

Loving others can be so so difficult that sometimes we have to keep ourselves distant from people, and enjoy the comfort of being alone. But Christ is enough to soften our hearts. His word prepares, edifies and equips us such that our actions will be parallel to God’s will.

The fitting response we can give is to humble ourselves and let the sufficiency of Christ move in us.

On our own, there’s really nothing we can do, we can never have and will never be enough. In Christ, we receive salvation, abundance, and purpose. In Christ, we are loved and valued.

There will be no point in knowing if we’re enough when we already find Jesus enough for us.

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