I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance (Luke 5:32)
The irony of getting into a relationship with God, the righteous and holy Maker of the universe, is that He requires nothing of us except that we come to Him, just as we are. Jesus was clear during His days on earth, that He came in order to call sinners to repentance. His words are a reflection of the Father’s desire. So God knows that when people come, they come because they need help, not because they are good, strong or righteous. God is not ashamed to receive people in their weakness; He expects them to come just as they are.
The beauty of coming to God, is that it is an expression of faith. No man comes to God except he believes that God exists, and that He rewards those who diligently seek him. When you come to God, you are acknowledging His person and power; you are saying that He alone is able to help you. That is why prayer is an expression of faith. Whether you desire salvation, healing, wisdom, strength, comfort or transformation, coming to God is you saying “I cannot help myself, but I believe you can help me. Please do.”
So whether you have never been religious all your life and want to experience the love of God for yourself, or you have been religious but have never truly had a personal relationship with God, all you need do is come to God just as you are. No pretence, no drama, no ceremony. Just you reaching out to God with a heart of faith, and calling out to him in Jesus’ name. The sacrifice of Jesus is the reason we have access to the living God, and those who believe He died for them receive eternal life through Him. Just come as you are!
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10)
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