Recently I had the opportunity to counsel with someone who was struggling with the idea of a Savior. They understood that they were a sinner and in need of a Savior but they just knew that they weren’t clean enough to be accepted by Jesus. “I am going to get my life together and get all of the mud and junk cleaned up so that when I come to Jesus I am clean and acceptable,” touted the young man.
Wow, how often do we hear those types of comments? I know I have heard them several times and each time I hear it I am amazed at how much people really don’t understand. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick,” (Matthew 9:12). Jesus was pointing out that He had not come for the healthy but for those who were sick and in need of healing.
We see clearly that Jesus meets us where we are. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Therefore, we cannot clean up ourselves. Christ cleans us up. This must mean that we have to meet Christ in the mud! If we are already clean then there is no need for a bath. After explaining this to the young man you could see his countenance change. He had never realized that Jesus was down in the mud with him, waiting for him to reach out and take Jesus’ hand.
Jesus longs for all of us to reach out, reach up & grab ahold of His hand. Only He has the power to carry us out of the mud. What mud pond are you in today? What junk or troubles are you finding yourself in? Wherever you are, whatever you’ve done, Christ is waiting for you to call out and reach for His help.
Peace & Blessings,
Isn’t God wonderful? How could any of us ever be clean enough to come to Jesus if that were the way it worked, that we had to clean ourselves up first?