I often hear people use this statement in their quest to find someone for a lifetime partner, “I want someone to accept me as I am.” Well, why should I? God doesn’t!
Now, before you go quick to challenge me and perhaps use the one song we’re so quickly to sing, “Just As I Am”, we’re not as quick to mention the second part of the sentence of each verse of that particular song:
“Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me,
“Just as I am, and waiting not, To rid my soul of one dark blot;
“Just as I am, though tossed about, With many a conflict, many a doubt;
“Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
“Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
“Just as I am, Thy love unknown, Has broken every barrier down;
You see, God will have you to come TO Him, just as you are, without excuse or the need to do anything on your part, to come TO Him, but the problem is, just as in regular relationships, you want to STAY the same way. We want God to love us and save us while we are IN our sin, but this is something He cannot do. Sure, He accepts you are a prostitute, thief, homosexual, murderer, drug addict, and even stupid, but He does not want you to remain the way you came to Him. He has the ability and will spend whatever effort is necessary to change your life so you no longer remain the way you came to Him.
When He has completed His work on your life and in your life, this is when the last part of the song you’re able to sing with conviction and sincerity,
“O Lamb of God, I come, I come!”
May 25, 2015