The sound quality isn’t great, but this is a terrific song. (By a terrific new group, BTW.)
God, help me to be
closer to you, Lord, so I’m farther from me.
And may your kingdom be the only one that I seek.
God, help me to see
That everything was good when you created all things.
Now let me see with those same eyes that created me, oh God. Oh, God.
How can we be righteous or holy? How can we be good enough? Christians are supposed to be good, after all. Not just for God, but because that’s what others expect of us. We want to be good. Who doesn’t want to be seen as good or good at something in some way? With or without realizing it, we make lists in our minds of all the things we need to do to be good people and good Christians. Yet the Bible says our righteousness is as filthy rags. (Is 64:6) Jesus himself asked someone “How can you say that I’m good? There’s no one good but God.” (Mk 10:18, Lk 18:19) So how can we be good enough?
We can’t become good enough. When God made the heavens and the earth, He looked at what He’d made and said it was good. What didn’t dawn on me was that He didn’t just make the world. He made me. He declared His work, including me, good. Sin came and messed up that perfect picture. But God made a way, through Jesus, for us to be remade. And through Christ, He can look not only at His creation but also on us who He’s remade and smile, and say it is good. On my own, I will never be good enough. In Him–even with my mistakes, my faults, and my failures–when I live in Him and through Him, when He looks on His handiwork (including me and you), not only is what He’s done good enough, but it is perfect.
After years of trying to be good enough, I pray to see through the eyes that created me… to see, as He does, that I’m good. Not for what I’ve done, but just because He made me.