I know that this phrase is a bit jarring.
Your best isn't good enough.
Especially in today's normal, everyday church culture which usually says something very much opposite of this.
He knows you are trying your best...
All God wants is for you to try your best, then he'll do the rest.
But here's the truth: Your best isn't good enough.
On your best day, let say, you live 100 years, which ends up being:
On your best day, your best isn't good enough. If God surveyed every single day, hour, minute, or second and found your absolute best one, your literal best second of existence, your holiest, your most dedicated, your most loving second out of 3 billion, still, even in that second, your best was not good enough.
And you might think, "Well jeez, thanks for ruining my day. I get it. I am a garbage person. But I am trying!"
The point of pushing this is not to rob you of hope. It is to do the opposite. It is to give you hope.
The truth that your best isn't good enough is a reminder that you need a Savior and that your Savior knows you need a Savior and that your Savior doesn't need you to be worthy, or good enough to deserve the saving.Jesus doesn't look for some kernel of goodness or worth or deservingness in us, because he knows he can't find it.
Look at Romans 3: