We don’t have to clean ourselves up or get our acts completely together before we can approach God. Jesus invites us to come just as we are.
And Jesus knows we are messy.
That’s why he came.
When the scribes of the Pharisees saw Jesus eating with sinners and tax collectors, they challenged him. And when he heard it, he said to them,
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
Jesus came into our messy world. He spent time with messy people, and he ultimately gave his life as a ransom for messy sinners (Mark 10:45).
He came for the unclean. He came for the sick. He came for the broken. He came for sinners, like you and me.
Connecting With God in a Distracting World
This morning, I am heading Paul Miller’s counsel:
“The real you has to meet the real God.”
Miller’s book, A Praying Life: Connecting With God In a Distracting World: has been serving my soul this past week. It’s giving me hope in the midst of the mundane messiness of my everyday life. Here are a few very helpful quotes:
“God also cheers when we come to him with our wobbling, unsteady prayers. Jesus does not say, ‘Come to me, all you who have learned how to concentrate in prayer, whose minds no longer wander, and I will give you rest.’ No, Jesus opens his arms to his needy children and says, ‘Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28, NASB). The criteria for coming to Jesus is weariness. Come overwhelmed with life. Come with your wandering mind. Come messy.”
“Your heart could be, and often is, askew. That’s okay. You have to begin with what is real. Jesus didn’t come for the righteous. He came for sinners. All of us qualify. The very things we try to get rid of — our weariness, our distractedness, our messiness — are what get us in the front door! That’s how the gospel works. That’s how prayer works.”
“In bringing your real self to Jesus, you give him the opportunity to work on the real you, and you will slowly change.” (p. 31-32; 33).
Bring the real you to the real God and you will receive real grace. That’s really good news for messy people.