What are the knee jerk responses to this lie?
- We live with a restlessness in our soul that enough is never enough.
- We attribute the measure of God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance to the quantity and quality of our deeds.
“My observation of Christendom is that most of us tend to base our relationship with God on our performance instead of His grace. If we’ve performed well – whatever ‘well’ is in our opinion-then we expect God to bless us. If we haven’t done so well, our expectations are reduced accordingly. In this since, we live by works, rather than grace. We are saved by grace, but we are living by the ‘sweat’ of our own performance.” (Jerry Bridges)
- We overcommit ourselves to try to earn God’s favor.
“Performancism is the mindset that equates our identity and value directly with our performance and accomplishments.” (Tullian Tchividjian)
- We strive for perfection.
- We begin to add idols to our relationship with Jesus.
“Idolatry is simply trying to build our identity on something besides Jesus. An idol is anything or anyone that you conclude, in your heart, you must have in order for your life to be meaningful, valuable, secure, exciting, or free.” (Tullian Tchividjian)
“Whatever your heart clings to and confides in is really your God.” (Martin Luther)
Colossians 1:11-14 - “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (ESV)
Colossians 2:9-10 - “For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”
Because Jesus is enough…
- I am fully accepted in Christ.
- I am totally secure in Christ.
- I am completely significant in Christ.
What is the truth?
- Nothing you do could ever make God love and accept you more than He already does.
John 15:13 - “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
- God doesn’t want perfectionism. He wants to join us on a journey of spiritual maturity and growth.
Matthew 5:48 - “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
- As we learn to abide with Him more and more, God wants to reveal more of us His love, grace, and goodness.
John 14:21 - “Whoever has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
Psalm 34:8 - “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
- At the end of the day, it’s still all about God’s grace.
1 Corinthians 15:10 - “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”