I was standing in worship the other week, singing Mighty To Save, by Hillsong, and felt God prompt me on how I interpret it.
Without giving it second thought I often sing this line in the past tense ‘you took me as you found me’.
When it comes to Jesus dying on a cross for me, taking my junk, the ways in which I’ve failed and bearing the punishment I deserved; I can just about get my head around Jesus doing all of that for everything I had done before I became a Christian.
I’m okay with the fact Jesus died for my ‘old self’ or my ‘pre-Jesus self’. I’m grateful that he died for everything I had done wrong and to make a way for me to have a relationship with my father. Where I come stuck though is that it is only half the story. Jesus didn’t just die for everything I HAD done wrong but also everything I was GOING TO DO.
When I was growing up my mum sometimes would say to me that she wasn’t here to just clean up after me. I think we would agree that this is true, it wasn’t her job and it’s not that enjoyable clearing up other people’s mess. Yet this is what Jesus does for us all the time.
It says in the bible “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life” – Psalm 23:6. There won’t ever be a day where God’s outrageous forgiveness, mercy and love won’t be “clearing up” after us.
When God saved us, he’s wasn’t naïve. It’s not a surprise to him that after everything he has done for us we still mess up very frequently. No, the truth is he knew all our failings past, present and future and still died willingly for us because he loves us that much.
It’s so important that we grasp that we don’t disappoint God. We’re not a let-down. God knew everything about you when He saved you. The day you gave your life to Him, He knew exactly what sort of a project he was taking on.
There is no need to be anything or have it all together for God. Let’s be girls who live confidently knowing we haven’t failed God.
Thank you Father that you take us as you find us, every single day.