We begin this Bible study journey with words that may hurt initially. These diagnostic words are the opposite of everything Pinterest® and Instagram® are telling you. You may not like these words at first, but I think the truth in them will change everything.
You are not enough.
We aren’t. None of us. It’s a universal diagnosis. But after we absorb the initial shock and hurt of that truth, it’s usually followed by a wave of relief. We understand there is a reason we all feel a deep-in-our-bones problem. Then and only then can we allow Jesus to meet our enormous need.
I am so full of hope. Though we’ve been looking in all the wrong places for freedom, the door to true freedom is now found in a difficult diagnosis. It’s a door to the most tender, kind, freeing, full hope.
Are you tired?
Burned out on trying to measure up? Trying to prove yourself?
Maybe we are doing this life all wrong.
For years, lies have been sufficient to shut down much of the church.
But now, many of you are awake. You are in the Word and on your knees. God is moving through you, and you are getting dangerous. You are starting to get free and lead other people to freedom. The old lies no longer bind you.
What if instead of waking up feeling empty, you awoke so full of wisdom and joy you couldn’t help but give it away?
What if instead of living insecurely, you were watching God move through you in ways you couldn’t believe?
What if instead of living in fear, you lived seeing potential?
What if instead of craving things you can’t ever seem to get, you were fully satisfied and at peace?
What if instead of numbing out because you are tired of striving, you were at peace and could enjoy your life?
Jesus has a plan for our emptiness, our fatigue, our inadequacies, our sin.
Jesus is saying, Keep coming back to Me and I will keep satisfying you.
And out of that life with Me, you will overflow and bring life to others.
Proven is about taking hold of that which has already been given to us.
We must remind ourselves from Scripture who we are in Christ. Jesus is enough, so we don’t have to be. In fact, it is downright arrogant to keep trying to be. The reality is that He is the enough we could never be.
I don’t have to prove anything because Jesus proved everything.
Today, let’s ask God to show us the lies we have believed, repent of those lies, and instead embrace the truth of God’s Word. Let’s praise Him that we are not enough, but He is.
Matthew 11:28-30, MSG
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, 'If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'"