"Come as You Are"

Jesus' invitation to "Come Unto Him" is an invitation for all of His children. Come unto Him as you are. He invites all to Come unto Him and partake of his goodness. He will not deny anyone that comes unto Him. Black and white, bond and free, male and female. (2 Nephi 26:33) No matter where we live or what language we speak. Whether we are single, married, widowed, divorced, have a large family, or have no children. Whether our faith is weak or whether our faith is strong. There is room for all! For everyone! We all need a Savior! We all need Jesus Christ! It's easy to feel like we don't belong for one reason or another because we feel like we have fallen short of each other's expectation. But we all fall short! Sister Bonnie H. Cordon said, "The Savior's love for us is unfailing - even when we fail!"

Come is an action verb. It implies that there is work for us to do. Yes, God loves us now and always, as we are, simply because we are His children but He expects us to love Him in return. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said," 'Come as you are,' a loving Father says to each of us, but He adds, 'Don’t plan to stay as you are.' We smile and remember that God is determined to make of us more than we thought we could be." God could have everything be perfect if He desired. But our growth, progress and who we are becoming are more important to Him. He sees our efforts, our hearts and our desires and He wants the very best we have to give.
~Janae Poulson

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