Editors note: This is my first guest post and it is shared by my daughter, Elena Mullins. She is a freshman in college and shares some great insight into what her generation is facing today in the world and how it is creeping in to the church. You can follow her on Instagram at _elenamarie_01.
The gospel is powerful. It has the power to heal, the power to find the lost and to give hope to those who have none. It is a safe truth to stand on when we are insecure. If you have been hurt at any capacity, felt lost, insecure or hopeless, you understand the pressure of finding a cure to these things. I pray that more of the world would see the value in the Gospel story. Its value to rid us of the weariness in our mortal hearts.
Due to our sin and flesh, we choose to find our peace in the world. This world already has an idea of what our peace should be in: ourselves. Filter everything through this lens. When someone tells you that “you are enough” be reminded that Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross because you were not enough. When lyrics in a song tell you that you are “perfect just the way you are”, point your thoughts back to the perfection of Jesus. When you see a post on social media encouraging you in your “worthiness” be reminded that Jesus was the only one worthy. When you are being comforted by a friend and she tells you that “God needs you” be reminded that we serve a self-sufficient God who does not need us.
The pressures of life are hard to handle. I’ve been there, drowning in all of my insufficiencies and flaws. The world (and in recent years, some in the Christian community) tells me to regain strength within myself and complete my day to day agenda because I am enough and empowered within myself to do so. This is motivating, but motivation only lasts for so long before we are back to feeling hurt, lost and hopeless again. This is the endless cycle of the world: temporary solutions that make you feel good without truly solving the issues that lie deep within our hearts.
Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.2 Corinthians 3:4-5
What’s the truth? Not the world’s “truth” but the truth of the Bible that pastors and churches should be promoting. The truth is that Jesus is enough. No temptation ever brought Him to failure. He was never insecure because His foundation was rooted in the Father. He was the only one worthy to enter the gates of heaven. The truth is that God does not need us. Imagine living for a God that needed us…I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a lot of pressure. God is not reliant on us. We are able to rest in Him because He needs no one. Find peace in knowing that God sincerely wants you. He doesn’t need to talk to you, He wants to talk to you. He doesn’t need to use you for His kingdom, He wants you to live a prosperous life under His wing.
The more we make of ourselves, the less we make of God. We see this first in the garden of Eden, when Eve ate the fruit to be more like God (Genesis 3:4-6). I take after Eve…we all do. Ephesians 2 says that grace was not given to us by our own doing.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.Ephesians 2:8-9
It is a dangerous and shameful thing to, even subtly, take “credit” for all that God has done. Our Creator, our all-powerful and loving Father, deserves all of our praise (Psalm 44:8). The battles we fight in life can be extremely trying, and the answer is found on the cross. The answers are found in His word (Psalm 119:97-111). Security and belonging are not found in self, they are found in God. The one who sacrificed His son to pay your debt because He wants you. He saved us from an eternity in hell- what we deserve, to live a life in communion with Him. This is my favorite story. Together, as friends, walking together in love, we can encourage one another by pointing all solutions back to God, back to Calvary.