Just as I am

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
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 within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, 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!

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

~ Charlotte Elliot (1789-1871)

This hymn was written by a woman in her twenties. She said that she had the sense of sin since she was very young. She wondered how a person like herself could face God and thinks that it was impossible. In order that she can find out how she could be saved, she visited many churches and talked with many pastors. Some told her that she had to do better before she could believe in Jesus. Others told her that she should pay more and study the Bible more whereas some told her to do good and perform noble deeds, or to do this or do that before she could believe in the Lord Jesus and be saved. As time passed, she realised that her condition is getting worse. In the end, she met an old preacher and asked him must she do before she could be saved. The old man replied, “Go to God just as you are.” She jumped and asked, “Do I not have to do better, make more progress or improvements before I can believe in the Lord Jesus?” The old man said, “There is no such need. You can come just as you are.” On that day, she became clear and realised that she could come to the Lord just as she was.

God knows all of our situation and He knows that we are sick. This is why He sent us the Doctor. Suppose I have a fever of 100 degrees. If i ask the doctor to come, will he say that he will come when the temperature drops to 80 degrees? The faster the doctor will come if the sickness is more severe. The woman admitted that she was a sick person and that Jesus Christ is the Physician from God who came to heal her. Not long after she returned home, she wrote this hymn: “Just as I am…I come! I come!” (The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, Set 2, Vol.21, Five Parable concerning Things New and Old(1) )

 

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