Monday, 8 March 2010

Come As you Are

A lot of Christians demand people to be in a certain way before they come to God and yet in my understanding of the Bible, God is not like that. God desires to bless every individual so that they can enjoy life while they are here on earth. Come as you are to the Lord with your need, and lean on His unfailing and unconditional love for you. You don’t have to pretend to be more than what you are to receive from God.
In Matthew 15:21-28 is a story of a Canaanite woman that came seeking healing for her demon possessed daughter from Jesus. She may have heard of the miracles and healings that Jesus did among the Jews. In that time only Jews addressed Jesus as son of David, so she pretended to be a Jew and called out, “O Lord, Son of David,” and Jesus ignored her. His silence made her drop her pretence and cry out, “Lord, help me!”
Only when her pretences had melted away did she see the grace of God extended to her. Jesus made a way for her to receive her miracle even though it was not yet time for the Gentiles to receive His blessings. He told her, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
But this lady knew that dogs do eat the crumbs that fall from the masters table so she knew she could get healing for her daughter. At that time Jews consider Gentiles, dogs. Here, Jesus was trying to say that He was called to the Jews first, not the Gentiles. Yet, He loved this Gentile woman and her daughter enough to provide a loophole for them to receive their miracle.
If He was willing at that time to extend His grace to a Gentile, how much more, He can do for you now that the covenant has been fulfilled on the cross. You do not need to change the way you are to come to Him. Come as you are and His grace will touch you. If God the Father has delivered Jesus up for us, “how shall he not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32


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