We live in a never enough culture. Every day we hear the whisper: we’re not good enough, smart enough, successful enough, beautiful enough, loveable enough… Never enough is a shadowy, slow, pressure that squeezes us; it creates unease, sometimes it drives us to do things that leave us even more desperate to be enough.
Listen to The Heart Song:
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23, New Living Translation
In chapter 10 of the Good News recorded by John, Jesus connects the dots between the Divine Shepherd in The Heart Song and himself. He says he is the Good Shepherd and describes himself and what he does using the same themes as Psalm 23. He even says that he and the Father, are one. Interesting but what’s the big idea? Add in Colossians 1:15-22. Here is a short overview:
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation…
He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself.
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
The game changer, the truth that sets you free from never enough thinking and sets your whole being at ease, is this powerful message from your Good Shepherd:
You are enough to God.