I just recently received a new CD by Travis Cottrell and as I was listening to it the hymn, Just As I Am began to play. He took this hymn and wrote a chorus to it which is a beautiful reminder that God takes us right where we are and just as we are. The thing that struck me this morning is that we are approaching the King of all Kings just as we are; what other king on earth would accept someone in their presence just as they are? Think on that for a moment; would you approach Queen Elizabeth without doing something to fix up yourself? But God is just the opposite, He wants us to come as who we really are and He does the fixing. What a beautiful thought! There is nothing we can do to make ourselves to appear appropriate before the King of all Kings, yet that is how He prefers us. We come through Christ to the throne of God and leave a new person. Please turn to Ephesians 2:8-10.
The NLT words these verses in a way that reminds us that God's gift of grace has nothing to do with what we have done. We can do all the good things that we can think of; however, they still will not erase the sin in our hearts. Only the blood of Christ can wash us from our sin and this was given to us as a gift of love, mercy and grace. Oh, how thankful I am that we have such a merciful Father! Verse ten tells us, "For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Do you believe that you are God's masterpiece? We can try to be good enough and never reach heaven, but when we come in our brokenness God makes us new. We can then live out the life He planned for us and do the good things He called us to do. Remember, yesterday I looked at how we are living stones or standing stones to show God's glory. The good things we do through Christ is the evidence of God's work in our lives.
Let go of all the pretenses; believe that God prefers you to come just as you are. That is when He will do the work in you that only He can do. God wants your brokenness, He wants your wounded heart. He wants your emptiness and He wants to save you. Come to Him as you are and you will be made new in Christ Jesus.
Please take some time to reflect on His love for you and go before His throne of grace. You can listen (and buy if you like it) to the new recording of Just As I Am here.
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