Dim Sum – Just as I am

English: Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871)

English: Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Just as I am ” was played at the end of  every Youth for Christ rally service in Singapore in our city Victoria Memorial  hall. Many teenagers came to the Lord during those days in the late 1950s and early 1960s as the sound of that hymn was played on the piano or sung by the YFC choir. Some came with tears of repentance, some with tears of joy. All came as the they were , as the salvation call was given after the gospel of Jesus Christ was preached.  Streams of them filed out from their seats and  all came to the front of the hall, where they were led to pray the sinner’s prayer, followed by one to one counselling by Navigator trained counsellors. These young ones later formed YFC groups in schools and churches and became the future leaders of many local churches. Praise the Lord.  A few became the stars in the YFC film “Seventeen” which was produced in Singapore.

What does “Just as I am” mean to you? What warm memories come to mind?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOnBFGAevks

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. Just as I am, though tossed about
    With many a conflict, many a doubt;
    Fightings within, and fears without,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!

Lyrics by Charlotte Elliott
A well-known Swiss evangelist, Dr. César Malan, visited Charlotte when she was depressed, from an ailment which made her an invalid at 30 years old.  Sensing her spiritual distress, he exclaimed, “Charlotte, you must come just as you are—a sinner—to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Immediately placing her complete trust in Christ’s redemptive sacrifice for her, Charlotte experienced inner peace and joy in spite of her physical affliction until her death. Charlotte wrote approximately 150 hymns after that.

Have you come to Jesus just as you are,  no matter who you are or where you are in life?

Will you come to Him as He beckons “Come unto me all that labour and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest?”  Heart-broken, tired and hopeless? Come to Jesus for you will find in Him your hope and peace. If you repent of your sins, ask Him for His forgiveness and accept Jesus as your Saviour, you shall be saved  if you continue to follow  Him . If you would like to know more, refer to

http://ptl2010.com/o-taste-and-see-that-the-lord-is-good/

or write to me at http://ptl2010.com/contact-us/

so that we may help you find life as Jesus promised you.

If you came to Jesus many years ago at the sound of the hymn and the words were true to you then, but they no longer hold true to you, I ask that you consider a timely review. Have the pleasures of the world, the call of the world to worldly goods and achievement, made your heart cold towards the Lord? Is it now just a religion to you and are you far from when you first loved Him?

Remember,  Hebrews 3:12-14 (NIV) 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. This verse cautions against turning away from God and urges the need to hold firmly to the confidence we had at first until the end. In Matthew 24:13, Jesus says that “he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” That suggests that those who don’t stand firm to the end won’t be saved. Verse 10 makes it clear that Jesus is talking about Christians when He says that those who stand firm to the end will be saved.

One of the clearest passages on this subject is 1 Corinthians 15:1, 2. 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

Notice how verse 2 says that if we don’t hold firmly to the gospel, we’ve believed in vain. Clearly, such a person was saved at one time. This passage tells us as much. But equally clearly, it’s possible for that belief to become in vain, or worthless. In other words, Paul is talking about those who lose their salvation.

There are several other texts that confirm what 1 Corinthians 15:1, 2 tells us. Second Peter 2:20–22 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[a] and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” This passage  tells us that those who turn away from knowing Jesus and become entangled in the world’s corruption are worse off than they were at the beginning. According to Revelation 3:5, those who won’t have their names blotted out of the book of life are those who overcome. And in 1 Corinthians 9:27,27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. Paul says he takes care so that he doesn’t become disqualified for eternal life.  Be sure of your salvation in Christ. Does your life manifest that witness for Him? If not, come back to Christ and be assured of your position in Christ.

We know that in the end times, the love of many will wax cold. Are you already in that situation? The Spirit speaks today while there is time to make good and be once again infused with His holy fire and power. Come just as you are today.

Prayer:

Our Father in heaven, as You look down on us today, You  see our hearts. You see how we just are – in need of You for the first time, or in need of a renewal of our commitment to You. Speak to our hearts today even as we still have time, in Your mercy and grace. L et Your Holy Spirit draw us close to You that we may know your living fire in our hearts, making us alive to know You in a personal way, to love You our loving God who gave Yourself to redeem us from the clutches of our sins. Thank You that we are made acceptable only by the work of Christ alone and we want to accept Your  gesture of love which beckons us to You. Forgive us of our sins, cleanse us and make us pure in Your sight by the blood of Jesus, we repent of our sins and seek Your empowerment to live  a life pleasing to You based on Your Word. Teach us the ways of righteousness and lead and guide us in the days ahead, to be Your children whom You will be pleased with. In Jesus’ matchless Name we pray. Amen.

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One Response to Dim Sum – Just as I am

  1. “Just As I Am” was also the invitation hymn at the Billy Graham Crusades. I know a number of people now in ministry who responded to the call then.

    O for another awakening as we saw then!
    There is still time – but we are one day closer, and time is running out.

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