What lies are we being told?
Honestly, there are too many to list. But the one that keeps replaying in my head? “You are enough.” You’ve heard that one haven’t you, folks? It’s a ploy people use to try to encourage teens, to lift us up, and to give us confidence.
Now you may be thinking to yourself, “What on earth is Hayley trying to say? Is she saying I’m not special?”
Before you jump to any conclusions and click the little “x” on the left side of your browser, give me a moment to explain myself.
You are a sinner. Let me tell you, nothing YOU do… or any works YOU do… will ever be enough. Oh by the way, I’m just as much a sinner as you are, if not more, so I’m talking to myself here.
We “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). So, are you–a sinner who’s fallen short of the glory of God–“enough?” If you answered no, then you’re correct.
But before you start to wallow in self pity, let me tell you something else.
There is someone who is enough. His sacrifice, which he made on your behalf, is enough.
You know what Romans 3:24 says? You know… the verse after the one that tells us we’re not enough? “All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Your sinful self isn’t enough to gain life. MY sinful self isn’t enough to gain life. But CHRIST’S sacrifice is enough to justify us through faith.
So, friends, don’t believe the lies society tells us, YOU are not enough. But Christ and his perfect, spotless sacrifice, which he willingly made, IS enough.
What are some other lies society tells us teenagers?