Do you ever feel like you don’t measure up? Maybe it’s with family. Maybe it’s with friends. Or maybe it’s with the one relationship you care about the most, God. If so, I can relate.
For many years, I never felt as though I measured up with God. No matter how much I prayed, studied and memorized Scripture, or served, the thought that often came to mind was, “I could have done a little more.” Then, of course, there were times I knowingly disobeyed God.
I didn’t understand at the time that there were two reasons I felt this way. One was that I thought my Heavenly Father was similar to my Dad. He often came behind me as a child and teen redoing what I had done for him. Don’t get me wrong, children need to be taught how to accomplish tasks well, but always with love. (He and I talked about this later and he apologized, though he was unaware he did this. His humility spoke volumes to me.)
The other reason, and foremost one, was that I didn’t understand the New Covenant. Under the New Covenant, God is not expecting his children to measure up, ever. How do we know this? It’s because Jesus Christ measured up for us! As a result, we must remind ourselves that though our behavior doesn’t always measure up, because we are in Christ and he is in us, we always measure up in our Father’s eyes.
Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17. This means Jesus fulfilled the law on our behalf so we don’t have to! He measured up for us.
Want to learn how to rest from trying to measure up for God, others, or yourself? Don’t miss our Introduction to the Advanced Discipleship Training. It starts next week, Thursday, April 25, from 6-9 EST in our Charlotte office and online. 500 others have completed the entire class and have left with ongoing joy by understanding why grace means we always measure up.
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