So why do people go to the gym?
To get into the physical shape they want.
Why do people go to the Hospital?
Normally, to get the medical attention they need.
And why do people go to church?
Well, this one might not be as clear.
1. Church is not for good people
I say this one is not so clear because there have been several times I have invited someone to church and their response is that they need to start doing better or quit doing something they believe is inappropriate for someone who goes to church.
But, this thought might just be a little backwards.
The gyms is for people who need to get in shape, the hospital is for those who need medical attention, and the church is for people who need a savior.
Church is not a place where you “fix” yourself and then join. It’s a place where you come to get fixed. (Which in reality Jesus does more than fixing. Jesus actually does resurrecting because we were all once dead in our sins
So church is not for good people.
2. Who is church for?
In Mark 2:17, Jesus makes it clear who He came for, “And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Another way to say this is, no perfect people allowed in church.
After you repent and surrender your life to Jesus, you need a constant input of Gods word and the support of a good Christian community in order to grow into the person God wants you to be.
But many people think they need to straighten up before they come to Jesus.
3. A church full of sinners
Church is for sinners, and yes even for the hypocrites.
Jesus came for sinners.
So that’s who His church should be filled with – A bunch of sinners who have repented of their sins, live by His Grace through faith and bring glory to His name.
I know this is hard to believe
but He offers Grace to those who don’t deserve it, forgiveness to the unforgivable, love to the unlovable, mercy to the merciless, healing to the hurt, peace to the restless, hope to the hopeless, light to those in darkness, and salvation to the lost.
Come as you are.
Jesus won’t be surprised by your baggage. He said He came to call sinners not saints.
And guess what, sinners…..sin. (No surprise there right?)
While you were a sinner
I love Romans 5:8, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
It doesn’t say that it was when we deserved it, worked hard enough for it, lived a sinless life, or did a certain amount of community service hours.
It removes any thought in my mind that it’s ever up to you or me to earn His forgiveness.
If you can “fix” yourself then Jesus didn’t need to come and die.
But He did. Because He knew that it was the only way. This is why Jesus said, I am the way the truth and life no one comes to the father except through me.
This is how the apostle Paul explains it in Galatians 2:21, “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
So stop putting off going to church. The church is full of sinners and they have a spot for one more.
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