You Don’t Have to Dress Up for Jesus

“Christ died for the ungodly.”
The Apostle Paul, Romans 5:6b

In his wonderful little book, All of Grace, Charles Spurgeon tells this moving story (pp. 18-19 in the Whitaker House version).

“Do not attempt to touch yourself up and make yourself something other than what you really are. Come as you are to Him who justifies the ungodly. A great artist had some time ago painted a picture of a part of the city in which he lived. He wanted, for historic purposes, to include in his picture certain characters well known in the town. A street sweeper who was unkempt, ragged, and filthy, was known to everybody, and there was a suitable place for him in the picture. The artist said to this ragged and rugged individual, ‘I will pay you well if you will come down to my studio and let me paint you.’ He came around in the morning but was soon sent away for he had washed his face, combed his hair, and donned a respectable suit of clothes. He was needed as a beggar and was not invited in any other capacity. Even so, the Gospel will receive you into its halls if you come as a sinner, not otherwise. Do not wait for reformation, but come at once for salvation. God justifies the ungodly!”

Amen, and thank you, Charles.

I realize that the title may have seemed disrespectful and I hope you understand the reason for the caption. Rest easy. You may wear anything you’d like to a Sunday service, even a tie.

But how does the hymn go?

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot;
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

See, you really don’t have to dress up for Jesus. 😉

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