Remember when people had “come as you are” parties? They were just a casual gathering of people for food and fun, and you were supposed to come “as you are” with no special effort. Did anybody ever really do that? Just… show up?? Or maybe that was why people went… Because they could just show up!
Good news!!! God is hosting a Come As You Are party, and we are ALL invited!! Here are a few lyrics from the song in my head this morning… Come As You Are by Crowder.
Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner, come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t heal
So, lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer, come home
You’re not too far
So, lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
There is nothing in this life that can’t be healed in heaven! That’s good news to me. And even better news is that we don’t have “fix” everything first. We don’t have to wait until we have cleaned up our act, or stopped that nasty habit, or forgiven all the wrong in our lives. God wants us just as we are, with all our fears and failures, all our ugliness. Because God will clean us up and set us up on our feet. God is the one who will give us the strength we need to kick a bad habit or forgive those who’ve hurt us… No matter how bad or how long ago.
God is handing us an engraved invitation to His party. See it there in the scars on Jesus hands and feet? Take it and just show up, because I guarantee you’ve never seen a party like the one waiting for you in heaven!!!
“I tell you, there is more rejoicing before the angels of God over one sinner who repents than there is over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” – Luke 15:7
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