Prodigal: I am just finishing my project.
Me: It looks perfect you do not need to add anything else.
Prodigal: Yes, but I don’t think it is perfect.
Me: It doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be useful.
This is from the book All of Grace by C.H. Spurgeon
Do not attempt to touch yourself up and make yourself something other than what you really are. Come as you are to Him who justifies the ungodly. Some time ago, a great artist had painted a picture of a part of the city in which he lived. He wanted, for historic purposes, to include in his picture certain characters well known in the town. A street sweeper, who was unkempt, ragged, and filthy, was known to everybody, and there was a suitable place for him in the picture. The artist said to this ragged and rugged individual, “I will pay you well if you will come down to my studio and let me paint you.” He came around in the morning but was soon sent away for he had washed his face, combed his hair, and donned a respectable suit of clothes. He was needed as a beggar and was not invited in any other capacity. In the same way, the Gospel will receive you into its halls if you come as a sinner, not otherwise. Do not wait for reformation, but come at once for salvation. God justifies the ungodly, and that takes you up where you are now. It meets you in your worst state.
Come in your disorder. I mean, come to your heavenly Father in all your sin and sinfulness. Come to Jesus just as you are: leprous, filthy, naked, neither fit to live nor fit to die. Come, you who are the very sweepings of creation. Come, though you hardly dare to hope for anything but death. Come, though despair is brooding over you, pressing your heart like a horrible nightmare. Come and ask the Lord to justify another ungodly one. Why should He not? Come, for this great mercy of God is meant for such as you. I put it in the language of the text, and I cannot put it more strongly. The Lord God Himself takes to Himself this gracious title, “Him that justifieth the ungodly.” He makes just, and causes to be treated as just, those who by nature are ungodly. Is that not a wonderful word for you? Do not delay in considering this matter well.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Jennifer Van Allen