And to be honest, not many people in the world are buying it. As the church we may say that, but I’ve been in churches where this is not the case.
People who are lost can end up at one of these churches and get the feeling that, “I have to be clean, whole and perfect before I go to church.” They equate Christianity with perfection and that is so far from the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4-6
So why does God mean “Come as You are?” Because He sent Jesus to die on the cross for all of us. We weren’t perfect when we came to the cross. We weren’t clean. We weren’t whole. We were broken, messy, sinful, addicted, ashamed, afraid, and a slew of other things. We came just as we were to the foot of the cross and admitted we needed a savior.
When Jesus died on the cross, He did it for every single person on Earth. From the best to the worst. EVERYONE. It is God’s desire for ALL people to come to Him.
1 Timothy 2:4-6: “[Our Savior] who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.”
The author of 1 & 2 Timothy is Paul. Before his conversion, he MURDERED Christians. He scoffed at them. Humiliated them. Tortured them. Mocked God. Discredited Jesus. When Paul, as wretched as he was, encountered God, it completely changed his life.
Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Again, in this verse it says ALL. After we come to know God, we realize He is a source of comfort and not condemnation. When life gets difficult, we can come again, just as we are, and He will give us rest.
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“Come As You Are” by David Crowder
I couldn’t write this post without thinking of this song. Music is a powerful tool to reach the lost and to remind us of God’s love.
While writing this post, I listened to the song a few times again and wrote the positive and negative words in separate columns. On the left are all the negative words that people acquire if they pursue a life in the world. On the right is a life with God. Since I am an English teacher who likes words, this graphic speaks volumes to me and I hope it does to you as well.
Now, listen to the song below. I have never had a song that makes my heart ache so bad for the lost and struggling, or made me so badly want to sit at His throne of grace when I am having a hard time. Is there anything in your life you need forgiveness for? Think and ask while the song plays and spend time in His rest.
Are you reading this and don’t know Christ? Ask. God can take away all the worldly pain and give you rest. Tell Him you are a sinner, that you believe Christ died for your sins, and that you want to know Him and live your life for Him. He is a God of forgiveness and restoration and He wants good things for your life. [You can always contact me as well!!!]
God MEANS IT when He says He wants all people to come to the saving knowledge of Christ. Come as you are. Battered. Scarred. Unloved. Mistreated. Confused. Sinful. Burdened. Addicted. He will wipe the slate clean.
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