Living Rooted in Identity: Because You Can’t Be Good Enough

Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5

barbedwirecpwatermarkRemember, Self, that this comparison game you like to play is just another way of saying no to Jesus and saying yes to this vain attempt at earning favor and righteousness. Yes, Self, this desire inside of you to feel better about yourself by comparing someone else’s sin with your right behavior is another way of saying no to Jesus — saying that what He has done is not good enough, that you have to stack your deeds on top of His Cross and then that will build a staircase high enough so you can waltz right on up to Glory those last few steps on your own merit.

Oh, Self, “there is no one who does good,” and it would do you well to remember that you cannot make the Lord any more satisfied with you than He already is because His satisfaction is rooted in your relationship with Him that Jesus — God Himself — makes possible in the first place (Ps. 53:1). Because you can’t possibly be good enough to earn His love, He makes you perfect and complete in Him. Because you can’t possibly do enough good to make Him welcome you Home, He became the Way Home and even leads you There.

You don’t need to compare yourself with others, Self. Don’t bother about your feelings of inadequacy. Look past your own nose and see them, your Brothers and Sisters, and love them. Pray for them. Ask to see them as He sees them, and speak words that build their souls.

 “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 
-1 Thessalonians 5:11, NASB


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