Are We Good Enough?

12.12.2016

Miguel GamboaMiguel Gamboa joins the Cross Church School of Ministry from Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is participating in the Worship Ministry track.

At some point in our lives, most of us have asked ourselves the question, “Am I good enough?” I have asked myself this question hundreds of times.

As regular people, we can become too self-critical. Sometimes we can lose our focus and try to be accepted for being great or being “good enough.” In reality, what does it mean to be good, and what is enough?

Self-criticism can be a double-edged sword. It can make us or break us. It can lead us to compare ourselves to others, limit our dreams and make us believe we are not as “good” as the person next to us. Comparing ourselves to others should not determine who we are in ministry.

God gave us unique qualities, talents and gifts. It is our responsibility as ministers to use these to bring Him glory, grow as a team, and grow as individuals.

2 Peter 1:8 says, “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I love this verse, especially the first line, “for if these qualities are yours and are increasing.” I like to read it along with 2 Timothy 1:6-7 “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us power, love and self-discipline.”

We put ourselves in a scary position when we do not invest in the gifts God has given to us. His intention is not for us to compare our gifts to others, we are to share with confidence the gifts God has given us.

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite drum instructors says: “Wake up every day to try to become a better version of yourself.” This is a principle that I apply to myself everyday in everything that I do.

We will get frustrated and discouraged if we try to be the next Christ Tomlin, the next Brian Houston, or the next John Maxwell. Yes, these are great men of God and great role models to follow. However, they each have their own God given callings and gifts.

We can all try to become the best version of ourselves if we fan into flame the gifts that God has given us. We have been given power, love, and self-discipline. With these elements, we can all successfully fulfill His calling on our lives.

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