Jesus Will Love You If You Come As You Are, But Don't STAY As You Are
Start writing a post
Christianity

Jesus Will Love You If You Come As You Are, But Don't STAY As You Are

Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

985
Jesus Will Love You If You Come As You Are, But Don't STAY As You Are

Whoever you are, whatever your skin color, hair color, height, weight, sexual orientation, or beliefs: come to church. Come to church with me. Find one that speaks to you and stirs your spirit. Please, please come. You are more than welcome.

That being said, I want to encourage you to not stay as you came. Let the Holy Spirit change your heart and do a work in you. Romans 12:1-2 tells us,

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is --his good, pleasing and perfect will."

It uses the word transform. That means change. When we let the Holy Spirit transform us, we let it renew us, which basically means it gives us a new rest that we've never known before. We let it change our hearts.

Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me."

There's that word again: renew. A new rest. We will rest steadfastly as God enables us to do so.

As a church, we do a bad job of welcoming those who are not similar to us. If your hair is dyed, we look at you weird. If your skin is different, we may react. If you're LGBTQ+, we may avoid you. If you don't carry the same values, we may tell you that you're wrong.

Listen, if I had blonde hair, my hair would definitely be blue or purple. Sorry, not sorry.

That is where we, as a church, have failed. I apologize for that. If you are in any of those categories and have ever felt hated, I'm sorry. We as Christians are supposed to love every person we come in contact with.

But just because we love you, doesn't mean we support you.

Being gay is a sin. I will love you if that's how you choose to live, but I cannot support that. If your hair is dyed, I will secretly wish I can do the same to mine. I applaud that. If your skin is different, that says nothing about your heart. I love you. If you don't believe the same, I will pray for you. I will not tell you that you're wrong or slam you down. I will love you.

As a church, we need to fix things, I will admit that.

But from the opposite end, you need to stop hating the church. Not every one of us is going to stand outside with signs telling you that you're going to hell, I think I've made that clear. We need you to work with us, as much as we can work with you.

You are more than welcome into the church. Jesus loves you, and so do we. Please, come and join us. But be open. Let Jesus change your heart and move in you.

Come as you are, but leave differently. Leave happier. Leave renewed. Leave refreshed. This is a reminder that God doesn't hate you because you're different. You are special to Him, and you are special to me, too.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Blue Skies Weren't Always Blue

You don't just start as the person you are meant to be; there is a journey full of ups and downs that mold a person, so this is my journey.

16
Blue Skies Weren't Always Blue

Overall I'd love to say I grew up a happy overly enthusiastic child that was taught to love herself and be loved by everyone else, but I can't say that and I never will. My smile wasn't always as bright as it is today, but this is the story behind my smile, the story about how I got here to the happiest place I'll ever be. I'll begin at freshman year of high school.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Heart Wants what the Heart Wants

Just remember sometimes it is gonna hurt, whether we want it to or not!

2742
The Heart Wants what the Heart Wants
Where to start...... Let me start with the cliche that life throws us curveballs and what we do with it is what counts.

One day he walked into my life. UNEXPECTED! And one day he walked out!

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

See which conversations rose to the top on Odyssey this week!

3685
Pixabay

New response writers means exciting new conversations on Odyssey! We're proud to spotlight our talented creators and the topics that matter most to them. Here are the top three response articles of last week:

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Heart on a Wet Sleeve

No one prepares you for the honeymoon phase wearing off

5547
Heart on a Wet Sleeve

Let's start off with the simple fact that God made everyone differently. That statement could not be more evident. We try to embrace our differences and set ourselves apart from the rest of the world. What that doesn't prepare us for is when we yearn for a characteristic of someone else. For example, have you ever met someone who can experience this great heart ache and hardly shed a tear? This person just had their heart ripped out and they find a way to carry themselves through it with great composure. Well, not all of us have that desirable trait. Some of us wear our hearts on our wet sleeves. When a person has their heart on their sleeve, it can be viewed as a good thing, that the individual isn't shallow. However,

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Panic! At The Disco Announces Breakup After 19 Years

Band Makes Breakup Announcement Official: 'Will Be No More'

15772
panic at the disco

It's the end of an era. Originally formed in 2004 by friends in Las Vegas, Panic! At The Disco is no more.

Brendon Urie announced on Instagram that the band will be coming to an end after the upcoming Europe tour. He said that he and his wife are expecting a baby, and the life change weighed heavily in his mind to come to this decision. "Sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin," he said.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments