Cleaning Myself Up for God
Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. Revelation 22:17
Many people believe they need to clean themselves up before coming to God.
Natalia’s life tells a different story. She was working as a prostitute when she gave her life to God. She’d attended church a few times as a child, but she’d always been afraid of God. After high school, she became addicted to drugs and ended up working as a prostitute. One day while listening to Christians worshiping on a street corner, Natalia felt God’s presence and love surrounding her. She heard the voice of God fill her heart, saying, “Natalia, I love you, and I want you to tell others about my love.” God pursued Natalia and met her right where she was. God called her name, giving her His love and even His assignment for her life while she was still addicted to drugs and living on the street.
The process of getting clean came over the next few years, as Natalia sought the counseling, deliverance, and support that would result in her one day becoming a missionary. Most of all, Jesus’s love and strength sustained Natalia through those years, reminding her that God had a plan for her life. Natalia understood that God saw her just as she was and met her there.
Neither do we need to clean ourselves up to come to God. In fact, we can’t! Only with God’s love and His Spirit can we learn to live as His children. God knows your past, and He has a future for you. God says, “Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).
The fresh, clean life God wants to give you is free to all who want it.