But My Best Is Never Good Enough!
In Genesis Chapter 3, you are shown the result of sin, where ultimately your best became not good enough. Even then throughout the Old Testament, the laws were brought in, man still fell short of being good enough, because they just could not keep them to perfection. Then God our Father, so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, who not only died for all your imperfection – sin, tore the veil that brought you the ability to go back to fellowship and reconciliation with our Father, being the bridge, bringing access and approach to the throne room … He lifted the curse so now your best IS good enough for God. He did not abolish the law but fulfilled it. In Christ, your best is good enough!
When your best isn’t good enough. No matter what you do, how you do it, where you do it, with what you do…it just is never good enough. That you are always going to be a second class citizen, that in essence you are not worthy enough for anything you do to be good enough. That being a woman discounts you from much, because this is how society and even the church sees you, a second class citizen to blame for everything.
The thing to note is:
This may be how you see yourself…
This may be how the religious sees you, even though they shouldn’t…
This may be how the world sees you!
But can you honestly say this is how God sees you? because ultimately this is all that matters ~ How God sees you.
Your best is ALWAYS good enough for God. You present God to the world and approach God with your best, and God moves right on in and moves and creates miracles.
Do not just focus on what you can not have, or are unable to do, this is what satan did in the garden. Out of all the abundance that Adam and Eve had, satan had her focussing on the one tree forbidden to be eaten from, that all the abundance became irrelevant for that one fruit! What you do have, God given ~ is enough! Do not be discontent otherwise you will not enjoy what you do have! Take what Gifts you have been given and do the best you can with them. God will get involved and work miracles! Do not compare yourselves with anyone else, they do the best with what they have been given.
3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
The woman who only had a jar of oil…was good enough, she did what she could as verse 8 says. Was that good that she did what she could, that she even now is being spoken of … Jesus made a memorial of her. Note that her name is not even mentioned, though with most other stories names are, names matter. She really represents all of God’s children, that do what you can it is good enough and it is a beautiful thing to Jesus! It is like expensive perfume on His body.
See also the empty tomb Scripture where the women went to put oils and so forth on Jesus out of memorial to Him, because they did not believe or had not ‘heard’ Jesus own revelation about how He will be risen on the third day. If they truly listened to Him, then it would have been no surprise to them, finding no body there on the fourth day. However, the woman who anointed Jesus before hand with expensive perfume, whilst His body was still there to do it.
Note with Eve in the garden. She actually added on to what God had said. God said do not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, from the centre of the garden. Yet when the serpent questioned Eve about it she said … Gen 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
Eve added the ‘and you must not touch it’ … now God never said that, He only said do not eat from it. Humans have always inheritantly added on. We always add on to God’s expectations, adding religious curves to things. We paint God as man. There is no relationship on earth that mirrors the relationship we have with God!
Two easy points to remember with God…
1) God is not hard to please
2) Your best is always enough for God.
David with a stone against Goliath…was good enough because he knew he could do something rather than nothing.
Couple of fish and a few loaves to feed thousands…was good enough. Everyone was fed because they gave Him their best.
God is not like the world. We should not limit God on what we know of this world, or of the natural mind.
The widow’s mite was enough, because she did what she could which is why Jesus gave her respect and recognition.
Abraham, David, Gideon, Rahab, Joseph and Mary…
Getting the message?
God can and does do much, with what you do. He just wants people to do their best and this is good enough for Him to move.
Your fervent, natural willingness to serve and please God. Your heart motive is worth more than gold.
No matter who you are, where you are, what gender you are, what place in society you are, what money you have…present your best for God, it is always good enough for God to do His thing, to bring His testimony into the world.
He testifies through all things, all of creation, even your perceived little things.
He turns small things into big victories! Eternity is about small acts, they do not have to be massive. Clothed, fed, watered … He notices it all, this is what His Kingdom is about. So lift up your heads, you are His beloved with whom He is well pleased!
Be a God pleaser, for God.
Not a man pleaser for man.
You listen, hear and obey God not man.
Our best is enough for God. His Grace is enough for us.
LISTENING out for God speaking…
HEARING what it is He is speaking and…
OBEYING what He has spoken…on time!
Inspired by Pastor James Wilkins and the Holy Spirit!