As I grew and matured in the things of God, I realized that the idea that you had to be “right” before you could worship Jesus is man’s tradition.
The woman in Luke chapter 7, who came to Jesus with an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, simply fell at His feet and worshipped Him.
She washed His feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair before anointing them with the oil. The Bible clearly records that the woman was a sinner, but it says nothing about her searching her heart or confessing her sins before she worshipped Jesus.
She worshipped Him just as she was, and after that, Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Whatever your need is, come to Jesus. He is your Savior, your healer, your provider and your peace. He is your “I AM”.
I think that the devil has tried to rob us of this tremendous truth. Whatever your need is, whether you are mired in debt, trapped in a particular sin or fearful for your future, come to Jesus. He is your Savior. He is your healer. He is your provider.
He is your peace. He is your forgiveness. He is your “I AM”, which means that He is the great “I AM” for whatever situation you are facing in your life. Whatever lack you may be facing right now, He is your solution. Come and worship Him just as you are, and He will meet you at your point of need.
You don’t have to worry about your sin because you are worshiping your forgiver. You don’t have to worry about your sickness because you are worshiping your healer.
If believers really knew this truth, even wild horses would not be able to stop them from coming to worship God! Do you know anyone who cleans himself before he takes a bath? Sounds ridiculous, right? Yet, there are people who avoid going to Jesus because they feel that they should “straighten things out” in their lives first.
Can’t they see that what they’re really saying is that they need to clean themselves before they can take a bath? Come on, Jesus is the “bath” that makes us clean! He is the solution and He will help us straighten out what we will never be able to straighten out on our own.
The lie that you have to clean yourself first is so entrenched in the church that many believers say, “Pastor, I don’t want to come to Jesus until I make my life right.”
If that is your refrain, then the sad truth is that you will never come to Jesus because you will never come to a place where you can make your life “right”. Come to the bath and the bath will make you clean.
Come just as you are with all your sins, and Jesus will wash you clean of all guilt and condemnation. The world needs to hear this truth, and not be given a bunch of do’s and don’ts. Preach the truth and the world will come flocking to churches for their answers. They are searching for the real thing and that’s what we can offer them.
But the real thing is not found in two pieces of stone. You cannot have a relationship with the cold, hard and impersonal law engraved on stones. But you can definitely have a relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ. He is warm, loving and full of grace.
People will flock to where the true gospel of Jesus is being preached— the gospel that God commissioned Paul to preach, the gospel of grace, forgiveness and no more condemnation!