Good Enough for God? - She Seeks - Week of June 10

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{Good enough for God?}

an inspirational entry about grace

The other night I sat down next to a girl I had never met. As we talked, she told me her amazing story of having childhood leukemia — now a 23 year survivor of the cancer. What continued to amaze me was how she used her terrifying experience as a child to reach out to families of children who presently live with the cancer. My new friend said something to me that stuck in my mind the rest of the evening:

"Because I lived through the cancer...experienced the suffering myself, I can identify with the children on every level during their therapy. I have been there, done that as far as leukemia goes and this seems to mean something to these kids."

It led me to wonder: while we are in rough patches in life, how often do we have the opportunity to relate to someone who has experienced exactly what we are walking through?

Jesus did just that when He came down off of His glorious throne and stepped into our shoes to live the life we live. But, it didn't stop there. He took our place on the cross and bore the punishment of our sins. He then defeated death and is alive, after He rose from the grave. The very God we serve walked in our shoes, suffered what was due to us and now reigns victoriously.

I've heard several friends lately talk about how exhausted they are, being a Christian. They talk about working so hard to be the perfect woman of God — going to every Bible study, serving on missions projects and striving daily to be good for Jesus. Tired is the word that keeps surfacing in our conversations. My good girlfriends are plain tired.

On the flip side, I have another friend who is discouraged. She feels like she just can't keep from sinning every day. This friend tells me she knows what she does is wrong, but the temptation is just too much. She loves Jesus, but it is too hard to be good for Him.

I have one simple statement I tell these friends who are worn out from striving too hard.

Nothing you can do will make you good enough for God. If there were some formula to follow, what would have been the whole point of Jesus dying on the cross for you? By striving so hard to be good enough, do you think you might be nullifying in your heart the work Jesus did on the cross?

Are you feeling like my friends these days ‐ trying hard to measure up? Working diligently to please God in all the ways you think you should? Or are you worn out and discouraged because you just can't keep yourself from the temptation that you know in your heart is wrong?

If you said yes to any of these questions, take a moment to soak in the words of Paul in the book of Titus that I include at the end of this post. Don't nullify in your heart the great work that Christ did on the cross by trying to work your way to Jesus. It is only because of Him that you are good enough — only through His grace. Rest in that, my friend.

It wasn't so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God's gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there's more life to come — an eternity of life! You can count on this. {Titus 3:3-8 The Message}

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If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and this message of grace resonates with you, please contact us and someone from the She Seeks team will email you, pray with you and answer any questions you might have.

Sarah loves to eat cereal for dinner, is obsessed with lipgloss and has to constantly tell her self that Jesus is the only way she is good enough. Once she lets that truth soak in her heart, she rests in grace and enjoys her relationship with God. Read more from Sarah on her website LIVE IT OUT! www.liveitoutblog.com

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