jesus loves you

This week Christian singer Vicky Beeching came out to national media in Britain – she’s a lesbian. In the interview she gave she told the reporter, “I feel certain God loves me just the way I am.”

The purpose of this post isn’t to argue the rightness or wrongness of the homosexual lifestyle. I’m squarely within the Christian camp that believes active homosexual behavior is contrary to God’s design and plan and, thus, wrong.

Rather, I want to focus on her statement itself. “God loves me just the way I am.”

This seems to be the cry of many people nowadays. While some people do believe it, too many people use this line as an excuse to remain spiritual stagnant.

Rather than examine their lives to see where God would desire growth and change, they play the “God loves me just as I am” card to escape any kind of changed behavior.

But we misunderstand God if we cling to that expression. Instead, we should be telling people:

Yes, God DOES love us. Just as we are He loves us. Messed up sinners but He loves us.

He loves US the way we are, but he doesn’t love the WAY we are.

A relationship with the living God ought to mean that we continue to grow and develop spiritually. It ought to mean that the way we are grows more and more dim in the review mirror as we move towards the new way we are as Christians. The Bible cannot be overstated when the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Not remaining like this world but being changed to be more like Jesus.

It’s too easy to make excuses for not making any changes in who we are. God loves me just as I am.

Yes, He does. He died for me just as I am. But He died for me just as I am so that I no longer have to be just as I am.

I can be something new. I can be something different. I can be something better.