As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So, I suppose that if it is broken we should fix it. Brothers and sisters, we are broken and we need fixing. Jesus told His disciples to go out and round up “the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.” Well, here we are, all gathered into a community called the church. We brought all our baggage, packed with our filthy clothes—refugees from another world—weak and weary. We have “backgrounds,” some worse than others, but none without major regrets and sorrows. Broken families, bad decisions, momentary lapses in judgment, youthful indiscretions, blunders, rebellion, immoralities, foolishness…the list goes on and on.

Thankfully, these are the kind of people Jesus loves to save; to rescue. Yes, they’re a mess, but He loves to clean them up and give them a fresh start. In fact, He gives them many fresh starts, since His mercy in new each morning. Grace is plentiful; greater than all our sins. He puts us in His hospital (the church), along with the other sick and wounded patients. He even gives us one of those little bracelets (baptism), so that everyone knows we belong there.

Are you still struggling with some old sins or some new ones? Of course you are. We all need a clean up on aisle 4 from time-to-time. We need another beginning. Jesus knew about ALL your sins before He called you and saved you. He still loves you. So tell Him where it hurts; He is the Great Physician. Make use of the hospital; you’re not alone. “…And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11).

[Image by: Sapna Chand]