“JUST AS I AM”
M. J. Jacob
The song Just as I am by Charlotte Elliot is familiar to all of us. Many preachers and pastors use this song during altar calls. Many souls have experienced a ‘soul touch’ during the solemn hour of their decision for Christ.
Years before writing this song, Charlotte Elliot asked a minister how she might find the Lord. He told her, “Just come to Him as you are.” She did, and later, during discouraging times of illness, she wrote this hymn about the day she came to Christ and received His forgiveness. Billy Graham loves this song and used it extensively during his crusades.
Anne Cetas of the RBC Ministries recently shared in Our Daily Bread an enlightening experience she had in one of the concerts she attended. She says, “Good memories flooded my mind as the group leader announced the hymn, Just as I am. I remembered how my pastor would give altar calls at the end of his sermons. The leader of this music group suggested another occasion when we might sing this song – the day we meet the Lord in His kingdom face to face – with joy and thanksgiving.”
As I read Anne Cetas’ lines and continued to meditate on the words, I too longed for the glorious day to arrive, when I would sing this solemn song. What jubilation it would be when I approach him, singing,
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.
There are many similar songs which remind us of the assurance of the blessed hope we have, every time we sing them.
Another song comes to mind, written by William Bullock who experienced mercies freely given, which we would love to sing as we take our first steps in heaven:
We like to sing below
For mercies freely given;
But we long to know
The triumph song of heaven.
Lord Jesus, give us grace
On earth to love Thee more,
In heaven to see Thy face,
And with Thy saints adore.
In my latest book We Will Blossom In Eternity I have shared something about our inner joy bursting out as we praise God with the immortal songs of His saints. We need no longer be in the prison of doubts. When I approach my Lord just as I am, remembering the blood drops that oozed from His body to cleanse my sins, I can sing with resounding joy the triumphant songs of God’s love and His glory. Mrs. Charles Cowman has said, “The enemy of our soul is on the look-out to fire some poisonous darts of doubts or fears. Sing, sing in the warfare. The joy of the Lord is excellent equipment for the conflict.”
I make a prayer request to my Lord, “Lord, if it pleases You, give me a conscious mind when You call me to Heaven. I shall love to sing some of these immortal songs as You lift the curtain partially to help me view the glorious scenes of eternity. Grant me also a vision similar to the one Stephen and other Christian martyrs saw and experienced.”
“But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God’ ” (Acts.7:55-56).
Dear reader, will you come to Jesus, just as you are, and receive by faith His free offer of salvation from sin?