Jesus Invites Us To Come Just As We Are

Do you ever feel useless? Perhaps you’re limited physically or emotionally and can’t do what your heart really wants to do? Maybe you see others so busy helping others, but you have no energy to get out there yourself?

Charlotte Elliott knew what that felt like. Her carefree life began in 1789 but drastically changed in her early thirties when a severe illness devastated her life. She spent the next 50 years of her life as an invalid in terrible pain, weakness, and exhaustion.

She began to blame God for making her a prisoner. Depression cast a deep darkness on her soul. Her anger turned to bitterness.

One day a Swiss evangelist came to see her. He talked of peace and joy and read God’s Word to her. She lashed out at him and God, and he told her she had become bitter and resentful. God convicted her, and she confessed that she didn’t know how to come to Christ. He counseled her, “You have nothing of merit to bring to God. You must come just as you are.”

That day became a turning point in her life as she grasped onto Jesus as her Savior. God didn’t take her affliction away, but she knew she had the Anchor of Hope to hold onto, and that He would give her sufficient grace.

Still, she sometimes struggled and became depressed. She felt so useless, especially when she saw those around her always busy with some service for God.

The night before a charity bazaar her family prepared for, she couldn’t sleep because of deep distress. Doubts ravaged her spirit. Had God rejected her?

The day of the bazaar, she was alone at home, confined by her sickness. All the distressing thoughts of the night hit her again. She knew they could only be conquered by the grace of God. As she gathered up the promises of God in her soul, she recalled the words from her spiritual mentor to come to Christ just as we are.

She then, at the age of 45, penned the words of a much-loved hymn – “Just As I Am.” Later on, it was published and has been a comfort to many souls of God’s unconditional love for close to two centuries.

A woman who felt useless was used by God for far more people that she ever knew. Still today, her words spread hope to the hopeless that God wants us to come to Him just as we are, resting only on the blood of Jesus that He shed for us.

Do you see Jesus’ arms of love stretched out inviting us to “Come!” No matter how useless we feel. No matter how hopeless we feel. No matter how rejected we feel. He desires to wrap us in His arms of bottomless, unconditional love and free grace. It’s not about what we do for Him. It’s about what He has done for us.

“For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith — and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God — not by works,
so that no one can boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

“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!
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!
Just as I am – though toss’d about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
– O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
– O Lamb of God, 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!
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!
Just as I am – of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
– O Lamb of God, I come!”

Looking to the Lamb of God

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Amretasgraphics– Homemade with Love and a Happy Heart

I have a feeling St. Patrick wasn’t concerned with having a day set aside to honor himself. His focus was on Christ. I can imagine his finger would be pointing not at himself but at the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

“Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”

~ St. Patrick

“The next day John saw Jesus
coming toward him and said,
‘Look, the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world!'”
John 1:29

“There is no greater love
than to lay down one’s life

for one’s friends.”
John 15:13 NLT

Jesus died such an excruciating death
Physically, emotionally, and spiritually
No one has suffered as much as He did
Why did He do it?
Because He loves us so much!
Because of this love
There is no sin too awful
That can ever condemn us
No pain or grief too deep
That can ever consume us
No darkness too thick
That can ever blot out
The light of His love
He knows
He cares
He loves
He will get us through anything!

“Just as there were many who were appalled at Him —
His appearance was so disfigured beyond
that of any human being and
His form marred beyond human likeness–“
Isaiah 52:14

“He was despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief;
And like One from whom men hide their faces
He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him.
But [in fact] He has borne our griefs,
And He has carried our sorrows and pains;
Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken,
Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him].”
Isaiah 53:3-4 AMP

“About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud [agonized] voice,
‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is,
‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'”
Matthew 27:46 AMP

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Jesus, our hearts just can’t fathom the depths of Your suffering for us, so free and so willing. You were imprisoned so we may go free. You died so we will never be condemned. You lived so we may live forever. Help us to find hope, healing, and freedom in this. Help us to remember that our suffering here on this earth can never compare to Yours for us. Help us to understand our suffering here deepens Your life within us and molds us more into Your image. Thank You, Jesus, for such deep, passionate love. Please help us to love one another as You have loved us. In Your precious Name, Amen!

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