Updated: May 28, 2020
One thing I learned over the years is that you don’t have to have it all together to serve God or to come to him with your issues. God will deliver you from whatever you’re dealing with right in your mess and mold you into who he needs you to be. I absolutely love how God will meet us right where we are. It doesn’t matter if you’re partying/clubbing, drinking/smoking, fornicating, cussing, you name it, he will meet you right where you are if you genuinely ask for his help(being genuine is important). Psalm 102:17 says, “He regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer." God listens to everyone's prayers. He does not put one's request or thanks over another; we are all created equal in his eyes. God loves us so much. And our lives are extremely valuable to him. After all, he did give up his only son Jesus Christ to the cross (John 3:16) knowing we would sin and even deny him but he loved us that much that none of those things phased him, not one bit. Our lives meant and still mean that much to him. Like that just shows how insane God's love for us really is.
Many of us ruin our spiritual lives and relationships with God thinking we have to be perfect, have it all together, or “get right”, as we say, to come to God. Let me just tell you, if God required us to have it all together before we came to him what would even be the point in needing him. We live in a world where there’s a lot of performing going on. And by performing I mean people acting... acting like they’ve got it all together. We put on masks to be accepted, loved, and valued by people to the point that after a while we become excellent at the “cover-up”. We lie to the outside world because being honest is vulnerable and risks us getting hurt. But this facade we put on makes those lies more believable not only to the onlookers but to us. Social media makes this even worse. Everyone’s posting about their wins, achievements, successes, money moves, cutest selfies, but no one posts their weakest points, how their honestly struggling in school, having financial issues, how they don’t have a good relationship with their parents, or when they’re struggling with their mental health. When we pretend, we miss out on the grace God freely, abundantly gives to accept our failings. (Ephesians 1:7)You may pretend for people and for social media and put on this front like you got it all going on but God knows it all. There’s no need to pretend with God because he knows us intimately. Psalm 69:5 says “You know my folly, O God; my guilt is not hidden from you.” (NIV) Pretense is a defensive measure many use to not allow the truth about ourselves to seep out, and in the process it debilitates the soul and spirit of anyone who chooses to practice it. Pretending and hiding is a complete waste of time with God. He knows our weaknesses, flaws, and struggles. The Bible says we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). He knows that we need help and strength to stop doing things that don’t make us better. He knows that you need help to stop getting into relationships with the wrong guys/girls, he knows that you have a bad attitude, he knows that you get jealous, he knows that you’re petty and have a heart full of pride, but he loves you just as you are and only he can help you. Jesus says come as you are. And he says that for a reason. You can come to God broken, confused, hurt, angry, you name it. You can not “get right” or change with your own might, you need God’s transforming power to give you a new mind to do right. You need God to change you, guide you, and help you make the right decisions.
Lord thank you for loving us and seeing us as worthy no matter what we May have done, said, and even thought. Lord we pray that you forgive us from our sins and that you help us to genuinely turn from our wicked ways. Lord help us to be comfortable in coming to you broken, messed up, and hurt in our own dirt. Today, Lord we promise to never hold things back from you and pretend with you because you know everything about us and still love us, desire to help us, and give us a future full of hope and success. Thank you so much for your grace and mercy toward us. Amen.