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Come As You Are

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14 (NKJV)

As I drove through Rockland, Maine a few years back, I remember seeing a sign on a recycling center, which read, “We will accept them any way.”  What they were basically saying is, they don’t care what condition the recyclables are in—bring them in through the gate, just the way they are, and they will redeem them right there on the spot.

I can’t help but to draw a comparison to how Jesus looks upon all who seek Him for forgiveness and redemption.  God is willing to forgive and receive each of us—He is eager to recycle what once was regarded as no good, and turn it into something new.  We just need to come through His gate (Matt 7:13-14).  It doesn’t matter what we have done in our past.  It doesn’t matter whether we are rich, or poor.  It doesn’t matter if we are educated or common.  It doesn’t matter whether we are Jew or Greek.  This is exactly what Paul was speaking of when he wrote to the Church in Rome. 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16 (NKJV)

The enemy would love for us to falsely believe we must somehow clean up before we turn our lives over to Jesus, or even before we come to church to worship the Lord and hear His word.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  The fact is we are all in need of Jesus’ mercy, grace and redemption. 

Thankfully, God’s redemption plan doesn’t call for sinners to be sinless or cleaned up and perfect before they can be forgiven and redeemed—it calls for a person to have a change of mind and to turn from their sin, and to purpose within their heart to follow Jesus.  It’s to place one's faith in what Jesus did upon the cross, and to acknowledge Him as their Lord and Savior and the only way by which we must be saved (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). God isn’t as concerned with the outside condition of us as much as He is concerned with our heart (cf. 1 Sam. 16:7).

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, For as the heavens are high above the earth…So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:2-4, 11-12 (NKJV) 

Make it a point to spread the word about His amazing redemption plan and recycling process that the Lord has provided.  It’s available to all who will come and receive (John 1:12).  I want to encourage you, come as you are.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Titus 2:11-14, what did Jesus give Himself for?   

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Look up 1 Cor 6:19-20.  What does this verse mean to you as a redeemed person?

PERSONAL APPLICATION: Be reminded each day that you have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and that you have been bought and paid for — you are not your own (1 Cor. 6:19-20). 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for redeeming me through Your Son’s blood. Thank You for buying me back from the bondage of sin and for freeing me from it as well. Help me to remember, I am free to choose not to sin today.  Please provide me with the strength and the wisdom to identify the enemy’s plan to tempt me. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott

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