Have you ever walked into a room and suddenly felt uncomfortably overdressed or worse 𝔲𝔫𝔡𝔢𝔯𝔡𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢𝔡. like a feverish, throbbing red thumb on the hand of social status. you stand there at the threshold of the door looking in, taking mental inventory of your closet at home & sizing up the competition.
as you mingle you feel an awkward urgency, an almost obligation to slip in an explanation for your outfit choice OR if you’re anything like me, you hide behind your mildly self-deprecating, wildly charming humor & you force them to be okay with it.
i think the same can go for us spiritually.
you walk into a room, or better yet—a church, and you immediately get a whiff of just how spiritually underdressed you are. and please, let’s put conviction aside, i’m not talking about conviction. i’m talking about one Believer being made to feel less than by another “Believer” because he/she wasn’t wearing the right shade of Christian.
her dress is a little short. his ears are pierced. you know, i think i’ve heard him say a cuss word before. can you believe she drinks wine? someone told me something he did in college a few years back, bless his heart.
“‘What can we do to perform the works of God?’ they asked. Jesus replied, ‘𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝— 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐇𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭.’” John 6:28-29
Jesus goes on to say in verses 35-37, “I am the bread of life. 𝐍𝐎 𝐎𝐍𝐄 who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again. But as I told you, you’ve seen and yet do not believe. 𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐘𝐎𝐍𝐄 the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out.”
so what if you’re not spiritually dressed to the 9’s in someone else’s eye. you will catch me with holes in my jeans and J’s on my feet any given Sunday morning the same as you would on any given Tuesday.
Jesus doesn’t want your Gucci. He doesn’t care if you’re not articulate, if He wanted you to be He would’ve made you that way. I promise He doesn’t mind if your shirt is wrinkled, mine always is. He just wants to love on you & for you to trust that His intentions are good for your life and i am so sorry if someone has ever made you feel any different.
come as you are right now. with the holes in your jeans, with your electronic Bible, with your paper Bible whether the pages are still crunchy or they’re falling out. with your tattoos, with your political views. in your Nike shorts, with your full face or your fresh face, with your few words or with your many. come new, come old. come excited, come tired. come skeptical, come expectant. if you grew up in the church or you didn’t. if you know the words or you don’t.
there’s no one way to love Jesus.
just come. come and taste. come and see. come and never thirst again, never hunger. come and find a Love that will never leave. come and seek, come and find. come and believe.
your place is here.