Just come as you are!

152 just come as you are

Billy Graham has often used a phrase to encourage people to accept the salvation we have in Jesus: He said, "Just come as you are!" It is a reminder that God sees everything: our best and worst and he still loves us. The call "easy to come as you are" is a reflection of the words of the apostle Paul:

"For Christ was dead to us ungodly at the time when we were still weak. Hardly anyone dies for the sake of a righteous man; For the sake of goodness, he may venture his life. But God shows his love for us in the fact that Christ died for us when we were still sinners "(Romans 5,6-8).

Many of today's people do not even think in terms of sin. Our modern and postmodern generation thinks more in terms of a sense of "emptiness," "hopelessness," or "futility," and they see the cause of their inner struggle in a sense of inferiority. They may try to love themselves as a means of becoming loveable, but more likely than not, they feel that they are completely finished, broken, and that they will never be safe again. God does not define us through our deficiencies and failures; He sees our whole life. The bad as the good and he loves us unconditionally. Although God does not find it difficult to love us, we often find it difficult to accept that love. Deep inside we know that we are not worthy of this love.

In the 15. Century led Martin Luther a heavy fight to live a morally perfect life. He was constantly finding that he was failing. In his frustration, he finally discovered freedom in God's grace. Until then, Luther had identified with his sins - and found only despair - instead of identifying with Jesus, God's perfect and beloved Son, who took away the sins of the world, including the sins of Luther.

God loves you. Even if God hates sin from the bottom of his heart, he does not hate you. God loves all people. He hates sin precisely because it hurts and destroys people.

"Come, just as you are" means, God does not wait for you to get better before you come to Him. He already loves you, in spite of all that you have done. Jesus is the sure way into God's kingdom and the perfect help from all her distress. What is it that keeps you from experiencing the love of God? Whatever it is, do you pass this burden on Jesus, he is more than capable of carrying it in your place?

by Joseph Tkach