Just As You Are

My husband got me a gigantic full body length mirror for our bedroom, and I love it!!! It’s beautiful, but what I love most… It somehow makes me look skinnier than I actually am. 😜 I always find myself migrating to it before I leave the house. There’s another mirror in our home that I tend to stay away from. There’s a lot of light in that area and even though it’s probably a more realistic glimpse of what I actually look like, I like how I look in the other mirror better.. even if it is a little unrealistic. Anyway, the other day when I was reading my Bible, I read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. It says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

The more I’ve thought about this verse over the last few days, the more it makes sense to me. So many people walk through life trying to be just good enough or at least do more good than bad. They live mediocre lives, hopping from good deed to good deed while riding out the satisfying feeling that comes after each of those good deeds. But when you bring up the word “sin,” … that’s where things go south. Why? Well, why do I migrate to the mirror that makes me look so good? Because it makes me feel good about myself. Why do I run from the mirror that’s so well lit? Because I see myself for exactly how I am and reality begins to set in. 

Is this not true with God’s Word too? Why do people tend to get uneasy when you bring up Scripture or the Bible? Even Christians can get all offended if you bring up Scripture. Maybe you are even feeling a little annoyed right now. Hebrews 4:12-13 says, “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

The reality is, we are all sinners. Every single one of us. There is nothing in our lives that is hidden from God. When we read God’s Word, it’s convicting. However, contrary to what you may think, the Bible wasn’t written to simply remind us of how awful we are and leave us wallowing in our sin and shame. The beauty of that conviction brought on by the Word of God is that once we do realize and humbly admit before God that we are sinners in dire need of forgiveness, grace, redemption, and salvation, He hears our cry and rescues us from the pit. God is drawn to the hearts of those who come with a humble, repentant spirit, acknowledging their need for Jesus. How freeing to know that I can come before the throne of Almighty God, just as I am, with my heart bowed low, and know that He loves me so much that He gave His only Son, perfect Jesus as a sacrifice for my sin. 

You may be feeling 1 of 2 things right now. Some of you are feeling overjoyed and so thankful for God’s love and grace in your own life. This has served as a reminder to you of your need for a Savior and praise God, you have one!! And then there may some reading this and becoming more and more annoyed and put off at even the thought of “bowing low before God” or the assumption that you are “in dire need of a Savior.” Who do you think you are telling me that I’m a sinner?! I understand what you’re feeling; however, I would like to challenge you to talk to God about what you’re feeling. The Bible says that God desires for all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. God created you and loves you more than you could ever comprehend. His desire is for you to have a personal relationship with Him and not try to walk through this hard life alone. My prayer is that if you are reading this, you would bring any baggage, any fear, any trust issues, any failures, any guilt, or any shame, lay it at the foot of the throne, and lift your eyes to Him. He is waiting with open arms to wrap you in His love, just as you are!