Come As You Are

Charlotte Elliot was considered a bright and promising young lady. In her twenties she was accomplished as a portrait artist and as a gifted writer of humorous verse. Despite her career success, by her early thirties she suffered a serious illness that left her weak and depressed. In the depth of her despair, a respected minister, Dr. Caesar Malan, came to visit her. As they conversed, he asked if she had found peace with God in her life. She reacted angrily to the minister’s question and refused to answer.

Later, after she gave it some thought, she apologized to the minister. In fact, as they discussed spiritual things, she promised him that she would like to become a Christian, once she had some time to clean up some things in her life. Dr. Malan looked at her and kindly said, “Come just as you are.” Charlotte was touched by the words of the minister and gave her life to Jesus that day.

Fourteen years later, remembering the words of Dr. Malan, she wrote the words in verse that later became a simple hymn which has touched the hearts of millions who have responded to come just as they are. Here are some of the words:

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that thy blood was shed for me,
And that thou bidd’st me come to thee, 
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

This is one of the great promises of the gospel that we may come to Christ just as we are and be received by our Lord just as He is. No matter what we have done or how bad we may feel about our sin, by God’s grace we are assured that “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

If you have never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, I would like to invite you, right now, to bow your head and confess that you are a sinner and ask Jesus to be your Savior. This will be the greatest decision of your life!

This Sunday I will preach the message Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door (Revelation 3:20). I invite you to come and find out more about God’s great invitation to salvation. (Worship Services 9:30 & 11:00 am). 
See you then!

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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