What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
— Joseph M. Scriven
“No, no! You don’t have to clean up your act. Just bring it all to me. Bring me all your problems. I have all the answers. Come as you are.” — Rick Warren’s idea of what God has to say
“No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” — John 15:15
In a metaphor by Pastor Rick Warren, he highlights how we often clean up our act before we think we’ll be judged — we floss more before going to the dentist, clean up our house before the cleaners come, and most notably, we think we have to be righteous before coming to Christ. He goes on to underline how unnecessary that is. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus reveals he is our friend. We our not viewed as slaves, but rather as friends.
But what does friendship with Christ mean? One main factor in true friendship is being there no matter what your condition. I’m often tempted to avoid prayer when I’m feeling ashamed or too confused to articulate my thoughts to God, but He’s telling us to stop that.
Come as you are. Bring it all to His feet. Listen to Him for the answers.