THE GRATEFUL HEART (DAY 10)
The Grateful Heart is a two-week long devotional series dedicated to guiding women towards finding a grateful heart during difficult seasons of life and equipping them with the tools they need to take back their joy.
When You Don’t Feel Good Enough
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:14-15)
I believe that one of the greatest threats to our peace that we can face in life is the temptation to believe that we can earn grace.
When we first encounter the grace of God we are so overwhelmed and so liberated by the freedom that we feel from seeing mercy collide with our sin. As time goes on, though, it becomes so much easier to want to feel like we are earning our salvation. The freedom and the hope of life in those first few moments of encountering His face can seem to fade away with the ebbs and flows of life. We want it again. We long for it. We do whatever we can to find ourselves back there.
The Fight For Sufficiency
I’ve felt my flesh want to feel like I’m still in line with God by wanting to feel like I’m doing enough. Have you ever felt that way? I’ll soon find myself taking the time to read my Bible in the morning or making sure I’m going to church each weekend or even just saying all of the right things – but mostly because I want to feel like all is well in my Christian checklist. We lose sight of Jesus in the equation – because of who He is we can let go of the chains that once held us in bondage, not because of what we can do. At the end of all of the toil, I still don’t feel good enough.
The law of man will never give us peace. It will never give us freedom. We will never be enough in our own strength and we will never do enough to make it on our own. Whether we mean to or not, we are sinners and whether we want to or not, we need a Savior.
That is the gospel, and that is the freedom of Christ.
I can openly admit that sometimes I think that my joy can be found in feeling like I’ve done enough to earn it. But the joy never comes and the satisfaction is never there. True joy is found in letting go of the task-oriented mindset of the law and letting our hearts rest in knowing that all that needed to be done has already been finished. When we don’t feel good enough, we can use it as a reminder to look to Him who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Jesus gave His life for us so that we no longer and never again have to be a slave to our fear and our sin.
When do you find joy in your life? Today, let us all seek that our joy is found in knowing He has already done enough. We are new in Him and because of Him, we are free.