The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

And ye shall seek me, and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
-Jeremiah 29:13(KJV)

Recently I was listening to a local Christian radio station on the ride home from bible study. I was disappointed in how few of the songs gave Christ even a passing mention. In spite of such shortcomings, the Lord did use a modern day Christian songwriter to open my eyes to a truth I needed to know during an interview with him.

He was writing a song and the Lord spoke to him about seeking him with ALL your heart, the good, the bad and the ugly. That truth hit home hard that evening. I had assumed that God was only using my good parts of my heart (the little there is of it). Yet when I think about how in salvation we come to Jesus with all our sins, all our iniquities, all our shortcomings it makes sense. He washes us clean with his blood and then begins the long-term continuous cleansing process from the inside out after we have entered his eternal Kingdom through faith in his son Jesus Christ.

So why wouldn’t I seek him with a messed up heart to have it cleaned up and repaired the same way he cleans up the rest of me in salvation and sanctification? I have found this truth liberating. Unlike Adam and Eve who ran from God when he came to walk in the garden in the cool of the day, we need to run to him! Where else can we get help and cleanings power for our sin but from the Lord?

And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it was given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
-John 6:65-69

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot;
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
In Jesus name


Wes Mason

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