One morning, when I was struggling to move forward because of my many inadequacies and insecurities, I cried out to God, “Am I enough?”
Immediately, I felt God respond: “Am I enough?”
If I simply look at my own insufficiencies while still believing in Christ’s all sufficiency, I don’t think that the “being enough” question would cause much distress. But my insecurity and complete lack of confidence indicates a place of doubt in my heart that Christ is truly enough. When I look at my weaknesses, I am tempted to believe that I am more weak than He is strong. Without even realizing it, Christ seems to get smaller in my eyes. And in these moments, all my mind conjures up are the million things that might go wrong all because of me. Yet God’s simple response to me reminded me to take my eyes off myself and once again focus upon Him.
Growing up in the church, I heard many times that we are to put no confidence in the flesh (Phil 3:3). In my youth, I misconstrued this to mean that we are to have no confidence in anything at all. I failed to hear that we can have confidence in Christ. Proverbs 3:26 assures us, “The Lord will be your confidence.” Confidence! (see also Heb.13:6, Prov.14:26, Is. 41:10)
The truth is: apart from Christ, I am not enough. But for those us who believe upon Him, we are not without Christ! Thus, we do not have to keep walking in insecurity, fretting about “being enough”. We can rely on Christ, walking confidently in full trust in God because HE is enough. Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see, Hebrews 11:1. And Jesus urges us and encourages us to “have faith (confidence) in God!” Mark 11:22
Even our best efforts aren’t enough apart from God (John 15:5). But this confession isn’t meant to cause depression or timidity (2 Tim 1:7). It is meant to lead us to the One who is sufficient, the One who did live a right life, the One who is our source of life, the One Jesus Christ. My insufficiency does not cancel out Christ’s all-sufficiency. His grace is sufficient. My weakness cannot overpower His strength (2 Cor 12:9).
I can finally put this “am I enough” question to bed: No, I am not enough, but Christ is! I can embrace the truth of not being enough and still move forward in confidence because I know that Christ is enough. (Rom. 3:23-24, 10:4)
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith (confidence) in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
What outrageous grace!