I saw a church sign a few weeks ago that said, "Come as you are. You can change inside."
We must come to Christ just as we are. We sing the song, "Just As I Am," and I believe that’s what God wants. There’s no need to clean up or try to change who or what we are. I know many times that happens; Dad will wear his best suit while Mom gets her hair done and shines the kid’s shoes. (Do we even still shine shoes today? I believe the last shoes I shined were my penny loafers when I was in High School.) However, I don’t believe the sign was referring to how I dress. I believe the message was that Christ will accept me just as I am. In truth, I can’t make the needed changes alone, I must have His help. Once I come to Him, accepting Him as Savior and Lord, I will allow Him to change me, fitting me to His will and His plan for my life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. When Jesus saved my soul, making me one of His own, I became a new creature. My life was no longer my own, I had been bought with a price. (I Corinthians 6:20.) Gently, over time, God would change me, molding me into the child He wants me to be. As I grow in Christ, I learn more of what He wants and expects from me. I learn to love Him more every day and as I do this I truly want to please Him. I can please Him by allowing Him to guide me in how He wants me to walk, talk, dress and live, offering Him my best in all things. Then one day I will hear Him say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
What a blessing it was the day I came to Him, just as I was, asking Him to save me and change me, inside and out.