Come as you are

Did you ever hear the story about the woman that washed Jesus’ feet? And she didn’t just wash them with a bucket of water. She washed them with her tears, dried them with her hair, and dumped some perfume on them as well. The religious leaders who were in the room at the time questioned what was happening and even challenged Jesus’ status because the woman was a sinner. They were offended that a sinner would come to Jesus, let alone wash his feet. And they were offended that Jesus would let a sinner get so close. Really? You hold a leadership position within a synagogue and you’re offended that a sinner is trying to get close to God? No wonder Jesus often referred to the Pharisees as hypocrites. Jesus modeled a perfect example of God’s predisposition towards sinners. He is not predisposed to judge, he is predisposed to love and forgive. Yeah, judgment will happen at some point and those who remain sinners will end up in a bad spot. But Jesus showed us a simple concept. You don’t have to get cleaned up before you can sit at his feet. Come as you are. Jesus will receive you.

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