Just as I Am

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“However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.”  — John 6:37

 

 

Charlotte Elliot learned an important lesson about Jesus one sleepless night in 1834. She was an invalid, so when her family held a bazaar in Brighton, England, to raise money to build a school, she could only watch from afar.

 

 

That night she was overwhelmed by her helplessness and could not sleep. Her heart was broken as she saw others giving of themselves to meet the needs of the children but her sadness was suddenly turned to joy. When she realized that God accepted her just as she was, the Holy Spirit flooded her room with His presence, love and praise.

 

 

 That experience inspired her to write these well-loved words, “Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidd’st me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!” When she published the poem in The Invalid’s Hymn Book, she included with it John 6:37.

 

 

Jesus always accepts people as they are. In John 6, the people had come from miles around to hear Jesus. When the crowd became hungry, He miraculously fed them by a boy’s unselfish gift of five loaves and two fishes. Then the Lord offered himself as “the bread of life,” promising them that He would not turn away anyone who came to Him.

 

 

It’s still true today. No one that comes to Jesus will be turned away. Come to Him with all your sin. He’ll accept you just as you are.

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