Today’s devotional is based on the song “Come As You Are” from Crowder. If you aren’t already familiar with it, check it out here, then scroll down for the discussion.
The messages of the song are:
- Heaven (God, faith) welcomes sadness, broken hearts, sorrow, burdens, shame, and brokenness
- You can come to the table (presence of God) just the way you are – hopeless, strayed, weary, broken
- Heaven provides rescue, mercy, healing, grace, rest, and joy
Bible verses that align with these messages include:
John 6:37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Luke 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Mark 2:16-17 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus 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.”
As these verses point out, we don’t have to be perfect to come to Christ. If you’ve ever been part of a church, you know it is filled with imperfect people. (Hint: all people are imperfect). If we could achieve perfection, or even being 99% good, on our own then we wouldn’t need salvation. So it makes sense that we are called to come “as we are”.
It is, perhaps, important to point out that these verses are the beginning of salvation, not the sum total. Christ asks us to follow Him, to obey Him, and to sin no more. We can never do those things perfectly, which is why we need His salvation. But if we truly believe in what He offers, it changes our perspective in such a way that we cannot be satisfied to live a life of sin. Instead, we are called to continual healing and growth, to becoming more like Him,