Day One: Just As I Am

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Charlotte Elliott was raised in an evangelical Anglican family. At 32, a severe illness left her disabled. Her spiritual mentor, César Malan, guided her to channel her talents of a poet into hymn writing. Though depressed with feelings of uselessness and loneliness, Charlotte recalled the message “Come to Christ just as you are,” from César Malan during the darkest period of her life. Her hymns are characterized by simplicity and comfort for the sick and sorrowful. Her most famous hymn, “Just as I Am,” written in 1834 is widely used in English and North American hymnals. It emphasizes coming to Christ as one is. The heart of people aren’t good enough or not good enough to come to Jesus; it is through God’s initiative, pardon, promises, and love that everyone can. (Adapted from Ting-Ting Lai, “History of Hymns”)

John 6:37 (NIV)
37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

Prayer: Father, I come to you today just as I am with all my failures and regrets. Thank you that you do not reject me but I am received by you. I receive your forgiveness and mercy today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Just As I Am” by Robbie Seay (click here)