February 20th, 2022

Come As You Are

Luke 6: 17-18 “Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people… They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases.”

We like when things have order, when we know exactly where we stand and what is expected of us. Yet, as we know, life is not always predictable and we can’t control everything. We may be left feeling unworthy, critical of others, and discouraged with the way things are.

In the Bible, Jesus welcomed all people, just as they were. One of his main messages was that things were not going to be the same anymore. Assumptions about who had value and who didn’t, were flipped upside down as he preached about God’s Kingdom. People who had felt unworthy were given hope for the future through unexpected blessings. It didn’t matter if you had it all together or were falling apart, all were welcome. We too are invited to come as we are and to know God’s blessings of justice, peace, and love.