Just as I am

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Gospel in the song

The uniqueness of Christianity is countless, and its universal impacts with its teachings are woven into the fiber of society, all pointing to the Creator and His love for His creation. Upon the Gospel we perceive these and more. One of the expressions of being a Christian is the joy expressed in the life of the believer. Where there is joy, the soul glory in the expression of songs and singing praises to the Lord. Singing is worship and true worship is the gratification of the inward man being expressed outward.

However, in a world of immorality, hurt and grief, at times, difficult is the expression of gratification and praise to God. There is a hindrance by what we see in the world and what the world is to us and what we have become to the world.

Such was Charlotte Elliott, an English poet, hymn writer and editor of the 1800s. Despite being raised in a Christian home, there were struggles and doubts within her. Due to her failure at an early age to live a righteous life, there were doubts and uncertainty of her relationship with Christ. Even for today, there are multiple of Christians worldwide, who find themselves in such condition.

Nevertheless, instead of us focusing on our many problems and imperfections, may we focus on the love of God toward us. For where there is true love, there is the tendency to do that which is right.

Like Charlotte Elliott, when all the great Christian disciplines could not change her condition, she came to Christ just as she was. In her writing, which is one of the most beloved hymns of Christendom, she wrote these words.

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;

Fighting 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!


So, just as we are, let us come to Him. He has promised, He will receive, He will welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve. His love has broken every barrier down.

Just as I am, to you alone I come. O Lamb of God, I come, I come!



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