Come as you are, said the Master
As you were, or as you want to be
As you feel or as others you see
Hurry up or just take your time,
The choice is yours, not ever mine
Take a rest just don't you be late.
By faith My grace will seal your fate
One time, while on vacation at the beach, I heard a church advertisement that really caught my eye. The ad said the church welcomed all and they could "come as they were", even wearing bathing suits. I was so shocked at this, that I never forgot that invite.
You can just call me an old "dinosaur", if you may. I just feel, when worshiping the Lord, you should give Him your best. Your best love, your best behavior, your best attitude, your best attention and your best dress. I'm not saying come decked out in a black tuxedo. I just feel you should look your best, for Him. If blue jeans are your thing, then make sure they are clean and well creased.
Conversely, once on vacation in the "smoky mountains", I was sitting in front of my motel room, which was directly across from a tiny unique country church. The congregation was marching in, to the tune of the old church bell rings. The women were well dressed, with the "old time" long print dresses and the men were well dress, with their starched "over-alls". This scene too left a lasting impression on my mind. For you see, it was obvious they had come to worship the Lord.
On another occasion, our church was having an old fashion " brush-arbor" Sunday. Pine brush was placed around the room and old fashion lanterns were used for light. The strange thing about the whole idea was that the congregation was to dress "old fashion" They did this but the men all went to the local dry goods store and bought brand new over-alls. The service was great but everyone had a big laugh over the men's new cloths.
I guess you have probably surmised by now, that dress does not make a body a Christian, no more that a leopard can't change his spots. For sure, Christianity is in ones heart and soul,. ( Ephesians 2:8-9 ) not the dress.
So, where did this old cliché', "Come as you are", come from ? Is it from the Bible ? Or, is it man made ? Simply put, it means "just be yourself". And that's exactly what Jesus did in His ministry. ( Matthew 11:28) ( Revelation 22:17) ( 2 Tim 1:9 ) ( Romans 8: 28-29 )
First, a person must exercise faith by excepting God's free grace, in changing their life. They must come to Jesus, just as they are, as no one can fool God. They must not try to work their way to God. They must not try to buy their way to God. And they must not relay on good friends or family to get them to God. ( Ephesians 2:8-9 )
Secondly, once a person comes to God, through Jesus Christ, they will always have God's Holy Spirit, to act as their conscience in guiding them through life's problems. In telling them their rights from wrongs. There again, they must continue to come to God, "just as they are". For the Holy Spirit not only acts as a guide but also is our comforter. ( Psalm 143:10 ) ( John 16:13 ) ( Galatians 5:16 )
There again some churches say that this slogan, "Come as you are", refers to dress and personal appearance. That may have something to do with it. But I doubt it.
However, I tend to feel that the true meaning of, " Come as you are", does not even apply to ones outward physical appearance. It has an all together deeper spiritual meaning. The scripture is plain in stating one should appear as they are, not hiding those secret sins, or the outward faults. In other words, not trying to impress, just be yourself. ( Leviticus 26:19 ) ( 2 Chronicles 26:16) ( Proverbs 11:2 ) ( 1 Cor 13:4 )
You see, our Lord dealt with people many times, just as they were. In other words, Jesus dealt directly with "sinners ". ( John 4:1-26 ) ( John 8:1-11)
God certainly expects us to leave our sins. However, we are not to clean ourselves up without God's help. For example, General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, had a very true slogan. He called it the 3 S's, Soup, Soap and Salvation. He stated that you couldn't get a hunger man saved. Feed them, clean them up, then get them saved.
God requires us to, come just as we are, in confession our sin ( Romans 5:8) as He receives us , "just as we are".
So, what about you ? Are you coming to your Heavenly Father, " just as you are"?