“Actually, we are severely lacking,” she added. “I am lacking, I am incomplete. I will never be enough. I will never be good enough. I am not kind. I am not righteous. I am not generous. I am not beautiful enough. I’m not talented enough. I’m not strong enough. I’m not talented enough. I’m not healthy enough. I’m not organized enough."
Truthfully, we can and will never be "enough". The good news, Stuckey explains, is that that's okay.
Rather than looking to ourselves to somehow be "enough", we need to continually turn our eyes to Jesus, the only one righteous, the only one perfect, the only one who is "enough" in God's eyes.
“The comfort in that is not, ‘Yes I am enough in all of my inadequacies,’ but that no I’m not but Jesus is. That Jesus is enough. In Him, I find my sufficiency. In Him, I find myself complete. In Him, I find myself good,” Stuckey continued. “Not because, of anything I have done, but because of what he did for me on the cross. That he made my slate clean, and this has nothing to do with what I did.”
“No, I’m not enough, but God,” she continued. “The two greatest words that are put together, ‘but God.'”
Stuckey proceeded to refer the audience to Ephesians 2:4-5: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
“No you are not enough, you will never be enough, you will never good enough, there will always be someone better than you, but God,” Stuckey continued. “Jesus is enough for you."
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,'” Stuckey also said, turning to 2 Corinthians 12:9.
“It’s not about not being weak, it’s not about telling yourself that you are enough. It’s not about telling yourself that you are strong, beautiful, or important. You’re not.”
“You are completely incomplete,” she added. “You are completely undeserving of Gods love, but God.”
Even though the Bible teaches us that we are not enough in our own strength, and even goes so far as to say we are in bondage to sin and desire nothing but wickedness and sin, Jesus is so purely, perfectly good that His goodness is freely given to believers through the cross, and God counts it as though it is our pure, perfect goodness.
This is the very heart of the Gospel itself.
“Because He gracious, Because He is kind, because He is strong, because He is able," Stuckey continued. "He sent Jesus to die for you so when he looks at you, he doesn’t look at you in all your insufficiencies, he looks at Jesus.”
“That is the comfort,” she added. “The comfort for your fear, your anxiety, your comparison trap that you are finding yourself in.”
“God is perfect and He has chosen to die for me and reconcile me to Him, because He loved me, not because I’m good. It’s actually because I’m not good that He did that.”
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong,” Stuckey said, reading 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
“I’m not awesome, you’re not awesome, but God is,” Stuckey concluded, putting the final nail in the coffin of this toxic, man-elevating myth spreading through Christian circles. “So we can boast in our weaknesses and say ‘I am never enough. Not to the world’s standards, not to Gods standards, I am completely broken and totally shattered, and I will never have enough to offer, I am completely insufficient.'”
“But God. God is. But thank the Lord that in His mercy, He decided to look upon me, this wretched sinner who deserves absolutely nothing, and say ‘I will save you simply because I am good.'”