I couldn’t believe what I had done.
After receiving Christ as a child, walking away, and finally being called back to him in my twenties, I had made a huge mistake. I was sure it was unforgivable. I thought because of my mistake, I was no longer good enough for God.
I repeated what I believed to a friend one day.
He immediately asked, “Where’s your Bible?”
I found it and he directed me to Romans 3:23. It took me a while to locate the book, let alone the passage, but my friend waited patiently.
When I found it he said, “Now read it out loud.”
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
My friend explained that salvation is a free gift of God, that everyone has sinned, and Jesus took that sin on the cross (Isaiah 53:5). When we sin, we need to confess that sin and receive the Lord’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9), but we don’t have to clean ourselves up first; the only thing required is to believe that Jesus came to save us from our sins (John 3:15-17).
Come, just as you are, and Jesus will do the cleaning up as we read his word and seek His presence through worship and prayer. He is not offended by you; He is not put off by your brokenness, your addictions, or the huge mistakes you’ve made. Come and sit at the feet of Jesus and receive from Him.
Pray with me:
Jesus, I come to you now. I open my heart to you, and I pray that you would heal my wounds and clean me up from the inside out. I receive your gift of eternal life and ask you to lead me in your ways here on this earth. In Jesus name, Amen.