The healthier our relationship with God, the more natural it is for us to live a moral and holy life. However, do not think that you will first need to be sure that you are living a perfect life before you can go to God. No, go to God first and grow in Him. God has sufficient grace extended to each one of us that we may be able to grow, develop and mature in Him.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV). We are all dependent on grace, not to justify our shortfalls, but that we may be justified in Jesus and through His victory attain our own victory over sin. One of the most powerful and liberating prayers recorded in the Bible was prayed by an honest sinner; “the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying; ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!'” (Luke 18:13 NKJV) and he was justified.
No excuses. Go to God and He will receive you just as you are, forgive you and help you. “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10 NKJV).
Evangelist Hein Strauss