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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:
“THERE IS NO ONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; THERE IS NO ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS; THERE IS NO ONE WHO SEEKS GOD. ALL HAVE TURNED AWAY, THEY HAVE TOGETHER BECOME WORTHLESS; THERE IS NO ONE WHO DOES GOOD, NOT EVEN ONE... BUT NOW APART FROM THE LAW THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD HAS BEEN MADE KNOWN...
Romans 3:10-12, 21
But now, apart from the law.
But now, apart from good works.
But now, apart from you being good enough.
God's righteousness has been made known in the grace of Jesus, in this gift of a Savior for the undeserving. Instead of saving us out of our worth, he saves us out of His.
He does this for his name's sake, because he wants to show the world his worth in saving people like us.
Thank God that he doesn't look for a shred of goodness in us, he wouldn't find it. We don't want a savior who thinks we are good, and saves us because of that. We want a Savior that says, "I AM COMING TO SAVE YOU. NOT BECAUSE OF YOU, BUT BECAUSE OF ME."
You don't need to be good enough.
In fact, it is your very existence as someone who isn't good enough that makes Jesus available to save you.
Jesus did not come for those who are good enough, he came for those who are terrible, wicked, crazy broken and he doesn't ask them to get better, he says...
"I AM HERE TO MAKE YOU PERFECT. NOT BETTER. I DON'T NEED YOUR HELP. I DON'T REQUIRE YOU TO MOVE A MUSCLE. I REQUIRE ONE THING: REPENT, & BELIEVE IN ME TO BE THE ONLY HOPE. STOP HOPING IN YOUR GOODNESS. YOU DON'T HAVE ANY. AND THAT IS OK. I PREFER IT THAT WAY."
Reminding your heart that your best isn't good enough gives you hope because when you feel unworthy you are able to hold onto the reality you don't have to be worthy.
When you feel like a sinner remind yourself that the gospel is only for sinners.
When you feel like you aren't acceptable to Jesus remind yourself YOU AREN'T & your best isn't good enough.
But His is.
His best is way more than good enough.
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