by Latasha Ransome
Many of us have heard the saying “come as you are” said at church. To most this statement is nothing more than a confidence booster in one’s wardrobe.
I too agree with that interpretation of that statement mainly because God is more interested in our souls than our attire when we attend church.
However, I also believe that this statement is also referring our lives spiritually. Meaning that we can come to God “just as we are”. No matter how good or bad that may be, simply because His love for us is unconditional and unfailing. So even if we fail that doesn’t mean that His love for us has failed us.
So often our hearts are filled with the fear of God’s rejection. We feel that what we did was a little too bad and doesn’t deserve His forgiveness. When the truth is that, we can never do anything to deserve the love of God. He gives us His gifts of Mercy, Forgiveness and Love because of how loving He is.
He accepts us and is aware of all of the imperfections that we have. He is even willing to help us grow beyond them. It is up to us though, to embrace His love and allow Him to help us. However our hearts have to be open to His direction and even to His corrections at all times.
Mainly because even though God accepts us as we are, His desire is still for us to grow beyond where we are. Therefore He will challenge us to grow beyond our potential. We must stay mindful though, of God’s patience and of His compassionate heart and love for us. Knowing that He is there through every challenge that we may ever face, and always ready to guide us to total and absolute victory.
So now that we are aware that He has a loving heart toward us, let us begin to accept ourselves for who we are and allow Him to transform us into who He wants us to be.
Remember that the first step to take, is to simply come to His ever loving presence just as you are!