In need of spiritual refreshment today? Jesus is waiting. Come to me, just as you are, all who are tired and weary, and I will give you rest.
Charlotte Elliott was tired and angry. She had been in poor health for years and was feeling cheated and deprived of a happy life. She questioned God and His love for her. She believed she was being punished by God.
One day her pastor came to visit and in a moment of desperation she lashed out in violent words of anger. This outburst was a turning point for Charlotte as she realized he wasn’t afraid of her pain and seized the moment to minister to her heart. He embraced her right where she was; tired, angry, scared, and alone. “Come to God just as you are,” he gently directed. Charlotte did come just as she was, and her heart was softened. No longer did fear, anger, shame, pride, selfishness, and greed control her. Peace, gentleness, rest, and a gracious spirit began to define her as the Holy Spirit took over the hardened places.
In 1836 Charoltte penned the poem Just as I am, which later became the most famous invitational hymn in history. She lived to be 82 and wrote 150 hymns, despite her poor physical health. Take a moment FB Friends to read the words and lyrics of this poem and hymn. Let your heart be ministered to by another’s deep cry of the soul, and come to Jesus today, just as you are.
Just As I Am
Just as I am, without one plea, But that thy blood was shed for me, And that though bidst me come O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Just as I am, and waiting not, To rid my soul of one dark blot; To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Just as I am, though tossed about With many a conflict, many a doubt, Fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Just as I am poor, wrenched, blind; Sight, riches, healing of the mind, Yea, all I need, in Thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Just as I am,Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve, Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!