Today, while writing morning pages, I wrote that I am hoping for deliverance and transformation. Do you know that you CAN'T clean up after your own sins? Do you know that God wants you to ask Him for help. Do you know that God doesn't expect you to try to make yourself "good enough" to go to Him to clean up the mess you've made?
Just As I Am* (you know the song?) means just that. Jesus did it. Jesus still does it. It's His job to transform us. It's His job to change our desires, our habits, our focus. It's His job to heal our hurts which removes the need for pain management. Maybe it's better to be desperate because there's no mistaking our need for salvation. Those who seem to have a happy little life might have no way of knowing that "we" don't brush ourselves off to go to God. Rather, we go to God to brush ourselves off.
The Good Samaritan is the story of how God does this. It is His story of what He does. He sees us wounded, crippled and dying. He does not pass us by. He reaches out and finds the wounded, those who are desperately broken and unable to even get up much less walk. Jesus washes our wounds, puts soothing ointment on them and covers them with fresh linens, then He picks us up and carries us to safety. The Good Samaritan took the wounded man to a safe home where he could heal.
Read the story for yourself at: http://www.biblestudytools.com/luke/passage.aspx?q=luke+10:30-37
OK, in this story, He is telling that He expects us to be Good Samaritans as well, but we can only do that when we receive His healing.
* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBDu94k7flU (Instrumental)
* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUK6P_QmGjM (Choral singers with words posted)
It's good to know that He calls us (me and you) to come, Just As I Am!