We Can Bring Our Messes and Failures to God
By Rick Warren
“He will send down help from heaven to save me because of his love” (Psalm 57:3 TLB).
There’s a myth that says I have to clean up my act before I can come to God. “I’ve got to get it all together. There are a few things I need to get right in my life first, and then I’ll come to God.”
It’s like brushing your teeth before going to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned, or washing the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, or picking up the house before the housecleaner gets there! Why would we do this?
The truth is, God doesn’t expect us to clean up our act before we approach him — the death and Resurrection of Jesus are God’s statement on that. Jesus spread out his arms and said, “I love you this much. Now, just come as you are.”
You likely know people who think God will never love them because they’ve made such a mess of their lives. But you also know that God wants them to come as they are.
Help them hear the Good News from Jesus. Invite them to go to church with you this Easter. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it can make a difference that will last for eternity.
Talk It Over
How much do you find yourself believing that you have to clean up your act before you approach God?
How have you experienced the power of God’s love in your life?
What people can you invite to church this Easter? Make a commitment to do that today.
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