I will never forget the day when I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior, it was so precious. It was also a process for me because I had some things I needed God to really help me with and deliver me from. But regardless, I came as I was, and God has been working on me ever since. It is still very much a process, but I am so grateful that I was able to come as I was.
Although the specific phrase “come as you are” is not found in the Bible, there are many verses in the Bible that encourage us to “come to God” or “draw near to Him.” We all have different stories, and it is important to remember our stories. They help us to be grateful that we have God in our lives and they also help us to remain obedient to God.
Coming as you are
While it is certainly not an excuse to remain in sin, it is about allowing God to transform us daily as we come to Him through our struggles, challenges, questions, insecurities, etc.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus was saying for us to come with all of our burdens, and He will give us rest. Jesus is encouraging us to come to Him with whatever we are going through, and we will find rest in Him.
Regarding other people
How do we react when we are dealing with other people? Do we allow them to come to us as they are or do we judge easily?
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14
We need to show compassion, kindness, love, and patience towards others. It is important to reflect on this because how we treat others is a great reflection of who we are and Who we are representing on earth.
Being set free
To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
As children of God, we need to be honest. Not because of what others will think, but because we desire to please the Lord. It’s not about being perfect, but it’s about progress. We all have things we need to work on and develop, so be encouraged in your progress today. Allow God to continue working and trust Him in the process.
Let’s come as we are. Let’s not focus on past mistakes, but instead learn from them so that we can move forward in all that God has planned for us. Doing this comes with such a freedom that is truly wonderful.
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to
all creation. Mark 16:15
We come to God as we are, and we GO to do what He has called us to do. Not in our strength, but through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us not let any hindrances prevent us from being obedient to God. Being able to GO for Jesus is the greatest privilege because of Who we are representing. He is awesome, He is loving, He is powerful, and He is King.
Please continue to pray for our missionaries as they trust God in this season. Prayer makes a difference and we are thankful for our faithful prayer partners. May God continue to bless you and equip you for every good work that He has called you to.