Am I enough?
This is the question we ask ourselves on a daily basis; is my job good enough? Is my job performance good enough? Am I a good enough husband/wife/partner? Am I a good enough friend?
If God is real, am I good enough for Him?
In short, yes.
Read through the Bible and other Christian scriptures; it was the people who didn’t feel like they were good enough or measured up to society’s standards, that Jesus spent the most time with.
We all at one time or another feel like we’re not enough. This is one of the many reasons why the message of Christianity is still the great hope of the world; keep reading to find out why.
Christian Messages According to Jesus
After even a casual read of the four gospels, it’s easy to see Jesus was always on the side of the oppressed and marginalized, or to say it another way, the people who didn’t feel like they measured up.
Let’s take the story of a woman caught in the act of adultery found in the gospel of John as an example:
The religious elite has brought a woman to Jesus, the penalty for which is death by stoning. They ask Jesus what should be done with her.
His response has now famously become a cliche:
“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Jesus’s response to the oppression of an individual was to level the playing field. In fact, this idea was a major theme of his entire ministry; he humbled the proud and lifted up the humble.
Comfort the Afflicted
Another great example of this is Jesus’s healing ministry.
In fact, it’s one of the few things we can say with some historical certainty about Jesus; he existed, he was killed by the Roman authorities, and he performed miracles.
Now, at the time of Jesus’s ministry, sickness had a very negative stigma.
The culture believed that those who were afflicted were receiving their just penalty from God. Being sick didn’t mean simply having a physical impairment; it limited the work you could do and the social circles you could travel in. It could also limit your access to God and the temple.
By healing the afflicted, Jesus was not simply mending a physical injury, he was restoring a person to society and God. He was leveling the playing field, by lifting up the poor and weak.
The gospel message of Jesus is simply this, “You are enough and you belong with me.”
Where Do I Start?
Has life got you down? God is with you and wants to help you in your time of need; to lift you up and tell you that you’re enough.
If you want to learn more about God, Jesus or The Bible, and other Christian messages, there are some great resources out there. Now’s the time to begin or continue your journey into discovering a God who sees you and loves you for who you are.