Why must I bring the baggage inside instead of leaving it outside, you ask? If we leave the baggage outside, it is there waiting for us as we leave. We pick it up and drag it home. God wants us to bring all our issues before Him. He knows our hearts and He sees our lives, we can't hide the baggage from Him. He is fully aware of every action, thought, and motive. So bring it in. His Word will/does apply to our baggage. We must lay it out before Him and listen with open hearts, ears, and eyes. He will take His Word and apply it to the baggage. He will take that baggage from you and replace it with His peace, love and presence.
As far as the other people watching and wondering..many of them have brought their own baggage to Him. They have been extended great grace,mercy, and forgiveness. These are the people who will come and help you drag your bags before the Lord. They will sit with you, pray with you, and help you sort them out through his Word.
Oh please come. Allow the Word of God to heal, remove, redeem, restore. It is is His desire to make you whole and clean!
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.