I’m sure you’ve heard that you don’t have to get your act together, get your life straightened out or clean yourself up before you allow Christ into your life. God wants you as you are. He will clean you up, help you to straighten your life out and get your act together. I guess you could say God throws “Come As You Are” parties.
I never really thought about my life being messed up. I followed the rules; I didn’t break any laws, O.K. I did speed more than once and I did occasionally run a stop sign when I wasn’t paying attention. I didn’t need to clean myself up. I accepted Christ without giving it a second thought. It wasn’t something I planned. I’d found what I had been searching for, it was free for the asking and I accepted the invitation on the spot.
About six months after I was Saved a friend told me I wasn’t sarcastic anymore. I didn’t notice any difference, I thought I was still sarcastic and I told her so. After all I was proud of my sarcasm. Her response hit me hard, “you’re not as hurtful with it.” I didn’t know I was hurting people with my comments. I had no idea I was that bad. Later that week I was at my bible study and told Jack about that comment. Jack is the father of Cindy who took me to the first bible study. Jack said the word he’d heard that use to describe me was cynical. I never realized people were saying those things about me.
It took a couple of weeks when I realized, I had changed and I changed for the better. I wasn’t aware I’d had a problem but Christ had cleaned me. He had straightened out that part of my life. That was the first miracle of God that I was aware of and it had happened to me.
Through the past twenty four years there have been many more miracles. Some are just as subtle and others are glaring me in the face. I’m more aware of them now but the awe and amazement is still there. I love watching God work in and around my life. He’s always working and he’ll never be done with me. I guess you could say, I’m a work in progress. I’m God’s creation and He is sanding down the rough edges making me shiny and smooth.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!