“He will send down help from heaven to save me because of his love” (Psalm 57:3a TLB).
There’s a myth that says you’ve got to clean up your act before you can come to God: “I’ve got to get it all together. There are a few things I’ve got to get right in my life first, and then I’ll come to God.”
It’s like brushing your teeth before going to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned or washing the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher or picking up the house before the maid gets there! Why do we do this?
The truth is, God doesn’t expect us to clean up our act before we approach him. The death and Resurrection of Jesus is God’s statement on that. Jesus spread out his arms and said, “I love you this much. Now, just come as you are.”
There are people you know who think God will never love them because they’ve made such a mess of their lives. But you know God wants them to come as they are. Help them hear the Good News from Jesus. Invite them to come to church with you this Easter. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it can make a difference that will last for eternity.
Talk It Over
- What messes from your past do you have a hard time believing that God can forgive?
- Who do you need to invite to Easter service so that he or she can hear the Good News of God’s love and grace?
- Why do you think people feel like they have to clean up their lives or their appearance before they even walk through the doors of a church?
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Let God’s Peace Fill Your Home This Christmas Season!
Christmas is fast approaching, and we want to help you and your family keep Jesus at the heart of your holiday season by sending you our BRAND-NEW Daily Hope Advent Calendar and Devotional Set.
This beautiful calendar with specially commissioned artwork includes a door for every day of December leading up to Christmas, that opens to reveal an image and encouraging Bible verse. Plus, the companion 24-day devotional booklet and Sunday activity guide will take your family deeper into the true meaning of Christmas.
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