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Do you have to clean up your act before God will accept you?


Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people. 2 Chronicles 30:18-20
            If God didn’t take imperfect people, there would not be anyone He could associate with. 
            In 2 Chronicles, people from the outside entered the worship center of the temple and were not purified.  But God saw their hearts—open to seeking God—but impure because of their situation.  He heard the prayers and healed them.
            Though it’s a popular phrase “getting your act together,” what does it really mean?  And how would you ever get everything in your life into a good and solid place?  Nobody can.  There’s always something off, always something challenging, always work to be done.
            God had to come to us to save us because we would never be fully in the place to feel worthy to seek Him.  Jesus cleaned us up by dying for and forgiving our sins.  Our sins are the mess that needs to be cleaned up.  Once someone acknowledges their mess and asks God to clean them up, then God can accept you.