You have to clean yourself up, before you can be saved.
Somewhere along the way, from the crucifixion and resurrection to now, we have this belief that we have to be good in order to receive God’s gift of eternal life. Somehow we have this belief that in order to come to the foot of the cross to lay down our sins, we have to clean ourselves up before we come. This is not the truth! God wants us to come as we are into His glory and receive His forgiveness.
We must realize that salvation does not rely on us, salvation comes from Christ and Christ alone. Christ paid our sin-debt, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. But this also does not give us a free pass to keep living as we did. Salvation leads to sanctification, changing our actions, mindset, our very lives. If we say we accepted Christ, but yet we find solace in our sin, we are sorely mistaken.
This past Wednesday we looked at Scripture about:
- Coming to Christ: Matthew 11:28; John 6:37; Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 22:17; Joel 2:32
- Changing your life: 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20