Have you ever felt that you were not good enough for God due to the mistakes you have made or your past? Have you ever felt like you were not good enough for God’s grace? Maybe you have a general fear or guilt that you cannot be counted among the “saints.” I know I can’t be the only one that has ever felt this way. Even though a verse in Ephesians says, "But to each one of us, grace has been given as Christ apportioned it." I didn't feel like that verse also included me.
Before I got married, I thought that I had to do “all the things” in order for God to love me. I looked to the woman in Proverbs 31 as my example. I figured that if I wasn’t doing everything she was doing, I wouldn’t be “enough” to truly be loved by God. That type of thinking manifested in my life by “doing” so many things. I figured that if I could help in church, check-in on the sick and shut-in, pray for everyone, and be a very nice young lady, then—and only then—God would love me. By studying the Word of God, I learned better.
By trusting the counsel of strong Christians, I gleaned what worthiness looked like. I got a chance to see the lives of people who knew God loved them. What freedom! As I continually learn more and more about the depth of love that Christ offers, all I can do is smile! The Bible says that we all—yeah, you and me, along with everyone else—fall short of the glory of God. The only way that any of us are enough is by the generous, radical, costly, scandalous grace of God. In Luke Chapter 15, in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the Word of God clearly illustrates how he feels about His children through the example of the father welcoming his wayward son:
11 “And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to[a] one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[b] 22 But the father said to his servants,[c] ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.”
The part that stands out to me the most is that the father didn’t do any of this because his son was “good enough;” rather, he did it simply because this is the sort of father that he is. His grace is the only qualification that any of us have to be counted among the saints. I appreciate the humility of the son and the excitement of the father in Luke. In full transparency, this passage is extremely comforting to me. The son recognized that he messed up and went home because that was where the Lord led him, and his father ran to greet him with open arms. Rest in this Word. Sis, God refers to you as Worthy—and I do, too. The question is, do you?
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Until next time,
Founder, Beautiful Healing