You are good enough, you are smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!

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Westminster Confession, Chapter 2, Paragraph 2

2-God hath all life,[49] glory,[50] goodness,[51] blessedness,[52] in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made,[53] nor deriving any glory from them,[54] but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things;[55] and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever himself pleaseth.[56] In his sight all things are open and manifest,[57] his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature,[58] so as nothing is to him contingent, or uncertain.[59] He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands.[60] To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them.[61]

We (as a society) really think we are something. I drive on the freeway and see billboard signs of a country singer posing for a picture in which he appears to be the king of the world. I see pictures in the entertainment news of actresses looking coy at the end of the red carpet runway, and appear to be emanating glory to all who are watching. I see pictures of a family basking joyfully in the rays of the sun and read that if we went on this vacation, we too could be completely and utterly happy. We think we are really, really something. Yet, deep down, when no one is watching or listening, we know we are not. Deep down, we know that there is something very wrong with us, and those people who appear to be emanating glory from themselves are probably the ones who need the praise of others the most to keep them from feeling the weight of this truth; that we are depraved.

Chapter 2, paragraph 2 of the confession speaks of a being that is utterly and completely independent, self-sufficient, and has no need whatsoever to be told, “you are good enough, you are smart enough, and doggone it, people like you.” This being desires from you that you worship him. He is not needful of your worship, but knows that if you give all of yourself over to him, you will not need the approval of men to feel good about yourself for a moment; will not need to see your name in lights; and will be content to be with him forever in the kingdom of his one and only son Jesus.

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