2017-01-19 - Just As I Am
For decades Billy Graham traveled across the country and around the world telling
anyone who would listen the good news that God loves them and wants to forgive
them. And if they will ask beginning a new relationship with them. At the end of
his message Dr. Graham would ask anyone to come and speak with people who would
talk to them and answer there questions and pray with them. People came by the
hundreds, and sometimes
more. The lyrics to the song Just As I AM were sung as people got up
our of their chairs in tents, churches, theaters, and stadiums and walked down
I was stunned recently when this song was started by the Pastor of my church and about 30-40% of the congregation joined in singing the lyrics from memory without any music. When the first verse was completed he asked how many people had never heard that song. Comfortably more than half raised their hands. If you find that unsettling I'm glad. It's time to get moving.
The lyrics are a clear call that touches the doubts and difficulties we find ourselves dealing with today, just as in years gone by. Many of the issues that trouble people have echoed down the centuries to reach us, and will ring into the future. In these difficult and sometimes dark moments of our lives we finally admit that we are not able to cope with all that life can throw at us, or that we've failed somewhere and we need help. Then we can hear the still, small voice of God calling us to come home.
This song is indeed an old song. Some would say it is out dated. Math is old. It goes back to the Greeks and the Persians. Truth should never go out of favor. The well-know 2nd Chronicles 7:14 starts out "If My people …" and promises that "If" we will humble ourselves and pray that God will heal the ills of our nations. We need to start with prayer for ourselves. We need to acknowledge our needs. Then move out to our family and friends, then move out from there to those who teach our children, protect us, and govern us.
Just like those who hear the call of Jesus Christ on their hearts to come, If My people … will come and pray just as they are. Selah.
Just As I Am
Just as I am, without one plea,
Just as I am, and waiting not
Just as I am, though tossed about
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
Just as I am, thy love unknown
Text: Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871
Lord Jesus - Thank You that we can come just as we are and You will accept us if we come humbly and asking forgiveness and You will accept us as Your own. In the same way, those of us can ask in prayer for Your forgiveness and move your mighty hand to change the hearts of nations. Thank you, Lord.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.