“I should be stronger. More patient. More loving. More…well… everything, because the word on the street is, we humans are innately all those things. But I know what I really am:
I’m kinda whine-y.
Being _________ is exhausting (fill in whatever awesomeness comes to mind). I can be almost wonderful until the last straw, which is maybe only second from the first straw on a good day, then the real me is exposed: the scaredy-cat me; fretful today and fearful for tomorrow; impatient with those who don’t care that the sky is falling; and this other Real Me thing:
I don’t love everyone, and you can’t make me.
Since Adam and Eve disobeyed God, we’ve all tried to hide what we really are. Fig leaves didn’t work for them, nor do shallow phrases of inherent goodness work for us. We are made in the image of God, but our goodness got lost in Paradise.
The Bible says we are none of those things we wish we were, nor to the extent we need to be (Romans 3:23). If we WERE innately good, strong or able enough…
Why for the love of God did Jesus hang naked and bloodied on that cross?
(For the love of weak little you, and wicked little me).
It was never about us being enough; any aspiration to those things was given by God to reveal our need of a savior.
The truth is,
“I can’t do this!” (Me)
“My grace is enough for you.” (Him)
“But I’m weak!” (Me)
“My strength is made evident in your weakness.” (Him)
“Lord, I don’t like that person.” (Me)
“Right? Neither do I.”
(Just kidding – God only says that when I’ve made Him in my own image).
The real God gives me love as soon as I surrender my unwillingness to love.
For all the good we are not,
Jesus says, “Come to me…”
Come running on empty into the fullness of Christ.
Not that we are competent in ourselves…our competence comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5
He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is perfected in your weakness.”
Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.
Mt. 11:28 ISV