Summary: Hve you ever thought you were not good enough for your spouse, friends, job, yourseld or even God?
I’m Not _____ Enough
I’m Not Good Enough
Pastor Tim Porter
Good morning! How are you guys doing? I want to welcome everybody to the bridge Church today.
Let me begin with just a word of prayer.
It has been said that we’re only as sick as our secrets. And when you think about it that’s so true. Think about the word vulnerability for a second. Think about what it means. Vulnerability, when I throw the word out, most of us think it’s synonymous with weakness. If you’re weak you’re vulnerable. If you’re vulnerable you’re weak. Vulnerability is valuable. That’s right. Vulnerability leads to connectedness.
We think or We say, “Oh, if I’m vulnerable, if I share my secrets with others, what’s in my mind, what’s number one on my play list, the inadequacies that I feel, the things that I deal with. If I share all of those inadequacies with others people will reject me. I will have a disconnectedness.”
What’s going through the recesses of your mind? Vulnerability. What are you afraid to share, to articulate with others? . Your secret is your strength. You’re only, though, as sick as your secret.
Why do we have this feeling of vulnerability? It goes back to rejection. Think about Adam and Eve. You remember, Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. Everything was perfect. God was their blank. They were looking to God for their props, for their esteem. They saw themselves the way God saw them, nothing more, nothing less. They chose to rebel against God.
This is where I Am Not Good Enough was born.
I’m not good enough. Have you ever said that?
Is that the #1 song on your playlist? It’s been right up there on my playlist. I’m not good enough. I’m not good enough. I’m not good enough.
You walk through the halls of your school – I’m not good enough.
You walk on the soccer field – I’m not good enough.
You walk on the platform to preach – I’m not good enough.
You see a patient – I’m not good enough.
You work on something – I'm not good enough.
I'm not good enough. I'm not good enough. I'm not good enough. I'm not good enough. Good isn’t good enough. Let me say it again for the people in the back. "Good isn’t good enough, but God is God enough."
Good isn’t good enough but God is God enough. And that’s what we’re gonna find out today. This is gonna be a very uplifting and very, very empowering series of messages. I'm not good enough. We play that game.
So what do we do when we play that game? We play games around the game. So we say I'm not good enough and if we really were vulnerable we would share that with others.
“You know, I feel like I'm not good enough.” But most of the time we don’t share that, we play games.
Maybe you play a game that I play called the Lame Game.
Lame Game –
Romans 5:1 (NIV) “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”
The Lame Game is a performance trap.
You say - OK, I’m gonna be good enough so I will perform and I’ll hit this level. I will do A-B-C, 1-2-3, and if I’m a good boy or a good girl… if I score the touchdown, male the grades or have the acclaim or a certain amount of followers on Social Media or if I make a certain amount of money or have the corner office… THEN I’ll be good enough! I can perform my way in!
Then those here who are Christians we do the same thing in the Christian life. I know what, God. I’ll just read a chapter of the Bible a day. A chapter a day keeps the devil away. A chapter a day keeps the devil away. So I’ll read that and OK, I’m also praying, God every day, like 5-10 minutes. Some of you might be going, “I’m praying 30 minutes a day. Wow, I feel good because I’m good enough! I guess that moment…”
Good. Isn’t. Good. Enough. God is God enough. You’ll never get to that point in your life, I’ll never get to the point in my life where good is good enough. It’s a performance trap. It’s lame. You’ll limp through life
I don’t have to perform! I don’t! There’s nothing I could do right now to cause God to love me any more or any less. Nothing! Nothing.
I talked to a guy the other day who attends The Bridge Church. He goes, “Tim, I’ve got a problem. I’ve got an identity crisis and an energy problem. I don't know who I am and I’m too tired to figure out who I am.”