Come as You Are Because Everyone Belongs!

May He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.” –Hebrews 13:21

Since this blog is dedicated to finding ways to apply Sundays message to our lives Monday through Saturday, it is essential that we are realistic and transparent about who we are when we are not surrounded by other believers, worshipping and learning about God. I often say I would love nothing more than to live in my church bubble AT ALL TIMES because on Sundays I feel the presence of God so strongly, I feel accepted, I feel loved, I feel whole and holy. As appealing as this sounds it is not covering the full spectrum of our duties as believers. Yes, we need to be at church to learn and grow, but if we stop there we miss the true calling which is to love others as we know we are loved, and teach them what we know. My question for all of us is this- Do people feel like they can come as they are into our presence? If we are talking about Monday- Saturday living we are talking about coworkers, family, fellow shoppers, drive through workers, and all people we may cross paths with during the many tasks of the week. Is it possible we have been praying for a coworker, but not showing them kindness, or making them feel judged? Do we exemplify His love by making everyone feel they belong, that we will listen, that we accept them no matter what their baggage, because we have ours and are not afraid to be vulnerable and share? Although we cannot be salvation for anyone, our intimidation can be the thing pushing them further from Jesus. There is so much misconception about church and being a Christian that we must be the change for the world to see in our day to day, mundane, regular moments. We need to prove we really do want people to come as they are because that is what God wants, and yet sometimes we are scaring people off by acting as if we have forgotten who we were before Jesus. We cannot forget what transformation our spirit has gone through and in turn make people feel like we are so far from where they are, because the truth is we aren’t. We need to “keep it real and fight against fake” so that the fear of God isn’t determined by a “readiness to come to Him” factor, instead we want the fear of God to be because of His greatness and that we do not have to achieve readiness at all. We want to fear His almighty power, not His presence. Before people can stop fearing, or measuring up, or working their way to church, they need to witness a source that portrays what church and God really stand for. Can we be the picture of God’s immediate mercy and love by saying “Come as you are” into our offices, homes, checkout lines, etc.? The Word of God says,

“There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy for others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.”-James 2:13

. Being obedient to this cause will not only transform others, but will transform us even more into His image. Remember, you are enough to show people Jesus!
 
“Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.” 2 Corinthians 4:10
 
 
Zarmena Woods