The chalk artist saw in the little street urchin what nobody else saw - a potential masterpiece! So, when he promised the boy he'd pay him to come and sit for him, the urchin said, "Yes!"
But the next day he showed up with his face washed, his hair combed and wearing a new suit his mother had borrowed from a neighbor. Totally disappointed, the artist said to him, "I'm sorry, I can't draw you like this; I wanted you to come just as you were." And do you know, that's the only way any of us can come to God? There's nothing, absolutely nothing, you can do to make yourself more acceptable to Him. Do you think you must drop all your bad habits before you can come? That you must "clean up your act," wash your face and don a new suit of clothes?
Jesus will do the cleansing for you. He has paid the price to wash away all of our sin. All we have to do is come to Him and ask. Ephesians 2:8 and 9 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."
Jesus paid the price for our salvation and made it complete and there is nothing we can add to it. Can you imagine someone taking a marker and drawing on the Mona Lisa's features to improve it? Or taking a hammer and chisel to refine Michelangelo's David? Of course not. They are masterpieces. You can't add to them.
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The same is true of Jesus' atoning work. He paid the full price for our sins. It is as He said from the cross, "It is finished!" All we have to do is receive the forgiveness and cleansing He purchased for us with His own blood. All of our works and trying harder is a well worn path.
Tired, frustrated people take it when they resolve to live their lives trying to be good enough to please God. Unfortunately. that uphill path is just as worn with footprints moving in the opposite direction. Jesus said, "Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." It's so simple. All we have to do is ask for His forgiveness and His cleansing and then receive it by faith.
It's not about getting all gussied up. It's not about how you feel. I John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Ask Him today!