There is plenty for us to feel guilty about in our Christian lives. We all fail. In one area or another, at one time or another, every day we fail. Not only do we fail, we actually sin. In thought or word or deed. There is not one Christian who is constantly all that he is called to be. The same goes with the local church. I’m sure many of us have wondered what the risen Christ would say to our local assembly if He were to address us along the lines of the seven church of Asia Minor. Where are we strong in His opinion? What are we failing in? Where would He commend and where would He criticize?
One of the means by which we measure ourselves is the elusive ‘enough’. Do I love God enough? Do I witness enough? Do I serve my brethren enough? Am I involved in evangelism and missions enough? Do we reach enough people? Have we planted enough churches, raised up enough men to train for the ministry?
What exactly, is enough? How many people do we need to witness to to be enough? How many souls do we need to ‘save’ to be enough? How many churches can one church plant that is enough? How many missionaries can we send out that is enough? We can do more than we are doing and we can do more than others are doing but is that enough? Protestentism rightly rejects the notion of supererogation. The idea that you can do more than enough. I’d settle to do half!
I’m sure you all realize only One did enough. In fact He did all that the Father required of Him. And He did all that the Father requires of me. He did all the Father requires of my church. That does not make me want to sit on my hands and do less. To the contrary. But it does help me to live my life centered on His sufficiency and not to gaze at my lack.