62 As IsPosted: May 29, 2013
[T]hink of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. I Corinthians 1:26-29
Have you ever bought anything “as is”? Homes typically sell “as is”. Cars are often advertised “as is”. Anything you get at a garage sale is “as is”. “As is” implies no warranty. You get what you pay for. The item is used. Therefore, it has flaws.
God takes us “as is”. We come to Him with all of our faults and frailties. We are used equipment. We have used ourselves and been used in sinful ways. We have been “called out of darkness”. I Peter 2:9
Jesus purchased us with His precious blood; He did not demand that we be perfect. He freely gave Himself for us. “God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” II Cor. 5:21
What a deal, what a bargain for us! We are twice His. He created us, and He redeemed us. God takes us “as is”.
I heard Jack Deere say the following at a conference years ago. We often feel that we first need to clean ourselves up before we present ourselves to God. He encouraged us to come to God as we were and let Him clean us up! That matches the Gospel. We come covered with the effects of our sin, and God cleanses us. He makes as a bride, a church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:25) This is His work, through His blood, the blood of the Lamb. We need to come to Him “As is”.
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