JUST AS YOU ARE
I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ Luke 15:18-19, NIV
An artist needed a man to pose as the prodigal son for him to paint. He met a beggar on the street and asked him to be the model, with a promise to pay him. The beggar accepted the offer and was asked to come to the artist’s studio at an appointed time. At the said time, the beggar appeared, neatly shaven and all dressed up. “Who are you?” asked the artist. “I am the beggar,” answered the man. “I thought I’d get cleaned up before I got painted.” “No, I wanted you to come as you were. I have no use of you this way.”
After the prodigal son came back to his senses, he did not put up a show. He faced the fact that in his present state, he was no longer worthy to be called the father’s son (v. 19). He went back to his father just as he was, seeking forgiveness. God always wants us to come to Him as we are – no pretence, no make-up, no cover-up – acknowledging our need of Him. Perhaps you are not proud of who you are at the moment. God wants you to come as you are; He not only sees you for what you are now but is willing to make you that person He wants you to be.
• Birthday Blessing: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. Isaiah 44:2
RBT Passage: Judges 11-13
“God takes us as we are and makes us more than we could ever imagine.” –Neill Marriot