We have bought a few cars over the years, “as is.” You know what that means, right? You are taking a chance on the unknown. You are getting something just as you see it and when you leave that car lot, you are stuck with it.
Don’t you know that when God, in His love and mercy, saved you and me He took us “as is?” He did not wait for us to reach perfection. He did not ask us to achieve a certain standard. No, He knew that we would never measure up. He knew that we would all fall short. He took us “as is” and I am so glad He did because when I look at me, I do not think I am worth saving. But God thinks differently than me. He thinks differently than you. He does not look for perfection, He looks for confession.
I was young when I confessed my sins and need for Christ, just a little 8-year-old who had not done too much sinning at that time. But what gets me is when God saved me, He knew all the sins I would ever commit. He knew how I would turn my back on Him and live for myself. He knew I would attempt to live with one foot in the world and another in the church. He knew how low I would go, and He saved me anyway.
We have been stuck with a few “as is” cars that have disappointed us and let us down. If we had known all the trouble and money those cars were going to cost us, we would have never bought them. It amazes me that when God takes us “as is” He knows exactly what He is getting. No secrets! No hidden issues! He knows all the problems and issues and yet He still chooses us anyway, “as is.”
I am not perfect and will not ever be while I am here on earth, but I am loved and chosen by God and that has made all the difference in me!
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.1 Peter 2:9