We hear it all the time in regards to relationships:”I love you just the way you are”. Is it any wonder why so many think Christ will accept us just the way we are? We sing the song, “Just As I Am”, as if Christ doesn’t require us to make changes in our life in order to be accepted by Him. Fact number one, God loved the world enough to send his only Son to die for our sins (Jn 3:16). Fact number two: Jesus did not die for everyone. Jesus died for his friends and we are only his friend if we do whatsoever he has commanded us to do (Jn 15:13,14). Fact number three: No healthy relationship can exist without mutual love. If we love Christ we will obey His commandments (Jn 14:15).
Therefore, it is biblically evident that Christ will not accept us just the way we are. Jesus demanded we make changes to our life in order to be pleasing to Him. The changes Jesus demands are not laborious but rather are simple to satisfy (1 Jn 5:3) . The first thing a bride must do is to learn about their potential groom. Jesus died for our sins on the cross, was buried, and arose the third day (1 Cor 15:1-4) Secondly, the last thing Christ wants in his eternal life is someone who has no trust in him. Therefore, to please Jesus, we must believe He is the Christ with our heart and confess such before men (Rom 10:9,1 10 f; Mt 10:32,33).
Thirdly, not only does Christ want you to believe in him, but he also wants you pure and chaste. In order to accomplish this, realizing that all our righteousness are like filthy rags, we must repent of our sins and have them washed away by the means of baptism (Isa 64:6 f; Acts 2:38). Last, but not least, now that you are made pure by the blood of Christ through the means of baptism, Christ demands faithfulness to Him and His doctrine (Jn 8:31 ff; 2 Jn 9; Rev 2:10).
Jesus is no ordinary groom. He is offering all who will take his hand in marriage eternal life. It is true that Christ will accept all who will obey His Will: This is true for adulterers, fornicators, homosexuals, murderers, rapists, liars, thieves, and the list is endless. However, no where will you find in the new testament where Christ will allow any of these to enter into His kingdom just as they are (Gal 5:19-21 f; 1 Cor 6:9,10). “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).
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). Jesus is not the one who needs to change. Christ is perfect and sinless, and so is His Word (Ps 18:30 f; Heb 4:15) . It is Christ who created us, and died for us, and not we Him (Ps 100:3 f; Acts 20:28). It is we who must change our lives to fit the word of God and not the word of God to fit us. Therefore, we are perfected in His Word by obedience to the gospel and we remain perfect by remaining faithful to the Word, enduring persecutions (Eph 4:13 ff; 1 Jn 2:5; 1 Pet 5:10).