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  • By Pastor Andy Plank

God loves you just the way you are!

September 19, 2021

As we go about our day, how much time do we spend comparing ourselves to others? Here’s what I mean. As we pull out of our driveway, we notice that our next-door neighbor got a new car which reminds us our car is not so new. When we get to school or to work or to senior citizens, wherever it is we go, we notice the clothes Bob or Sue has on and we compare our clothes to theirs. We might even say to ourselves, “boy, I wish I had a new car” or “I like that outfit way better than mine.” Sometimes, we do the same thing when it comes to spiritual matters. We all know some "Super-Christians". You know the type. They are faithful, good tithers, great teachers, and encouragers. They always seem to have just the right thing to say or can quote just the right Scripture for any given situation. We think, "Boy, when I grow up, I want to be just like them." While it is good to aspire to be a mature Christian, did you know God loves you just the way you are? Nowhere does God tell us that only the Super-Christian will make it through the Pearly Gates. I'll let you in on something we know in our heads but need in our hearts. None of us, even Super-Christian, is good enough to get to heaven on his or her own merits. To borrow a phrase from Max Lucado, "Jesus takes us just as we are, but He refuses to leave us that way." While I was at work this week, I noticed some grass growing out a crack in the wall, about twenty feet off of the ground. I wondered if that piece of grass looked at the grass on the ground and thought, “I wish I could be with all the other grass down there, look at how beautiful that yard is.” While we all appreciate the things the "big guys" do for the Lord, He didn't call all of us to be big guys. He does however call us to be faithful. Wherever God has planted you, by His grace and through His Spirit, He wants you to take root and grow into the best you, you can be, and that is enough. Isn't God's grace amazing? Be blessed, and be a blessing . . . Andy


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