Do you remember when you were young having someone important come to visit and have to dress up to impress them? Is that what we are to do with God? Today’s devotional will tell you how to appear before Him. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
I John 1:9 (ESV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“Never try, in order to attract Christ to thee, to make thyself appear better than thou art; that is poor policy, and is sure to fail. If I were a wounded soldier on the battlefield, I think that I should try to appear quite as bad as I really was, so that the surgeon might attend to me at once. Certainly, it would be very foolish for a man, who is sick, well-nigh unto death, to say to the doctor, ‘Let me alone for a while; I can wait a little longer.’ No, rather let him cry, ‘O sir, I must be attended to at once, or I fear that it may be too late! I am so ill that, unless I am speedily cared for, death will claim me for its own.’ Well, now, act in this fashion with regard to Christ. Go to him, poor sinner; tell him how bad you have been; you cannot aggravate or exaggerate your sin. Just lay it all open before him, and say, ‘My Lord, my sins are the mouths that shall plead with thy love; my misery is the eloquence that shall entreat, thy mercy. I die if thou dost not in pity look upon me, and forgive me. I have no other hope but in thyself; I cast myself upon thee, lost or saved, I will trust in thee. At the cross-foot I will perish, if I must perish anywhere.’ Ring the bells of heaven, for that soul is saved! Glory to God in the highest! On earth there is peace between that soul and its Maker, for it is trusting in the Redeemer, and none ever perish who trust in him.” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 513]