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Come Just As You Are | Video

November 3, 2014

Since the beginning of time, man has wrestled with the idea that we are flawed individuals.

Hard as we might try, we are incapable of attaining perfection. Even the seemingly best among us occasionally think dark thoughts, make bad decisions, hurt the people we love, and turn a blind eye to the suffering of others.

There is a certain measure of goodness and morality in the hearts of all people because we are God’s image bearers. Some people can outwardly seem “better” than others. But in the end, we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

God is perfection. No one can fully attain it other than God, himself; otherwise, we’d all be God.

So we live here on earth as humans faced with a juxtaposition: As good as we might strive to be, we can never be good enough – a seemingly dismal reality.

So, how then are we to live in this reality, let alone have the motivation to thrive in it? How do we begin to reconcile ourselves to a flawless and pure God?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, famous for his 20th-century theological reflections and martyrdom for his stand against Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer attempted to address this question in his piece Meditations on the Cross, when he wrote:

“God does not love some ideal person, but rather human beings just as we are, not some ideal world, but rather the real world.”

The apostle Paul also addressed our human plight, writing this in Romans 5:6-10 (NKJV):

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

And finally Christ, in his own words, invites us into his presence just as we find ourselves: broken, imperfect and flawed.  Christ said, For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:13). His invitation continues in (Matthew 11:28-30): “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Christ invites all men to himself. He promises that anyone who comes to him will not be rejected.  Such an invitation expresses his heart for people to come to him as a relief from their struggles and to turn from whatever they are presently depending upon for salvation.

To those without the Savior, he calls, “Believe!” To those who believe, he invites to follow him as committed disciples, completely turning their lives over to him in humble submission.

Are you in need of relief and rest from life’s burdens? What are you depending on these days?

Christ’s invitation promises rest.  He invites you, just as you are.  Weary, burdened, troubled – he simply says, “Come.”  Will you receive his invitation and put your faith in him?

Charlotte Elliot (1789–1871), an English poet and hymn writer, was an invalid and often confined to her home, unable to attend church services. At age 32, after thirteen years of being an invalid, Charlotte wrote the five verses to “Just As I Am.” In spite of being raised in a Christian home, she had reflected on her conflicts and doubts and was unsure of her relationship with Christ. So she penned these words of assurance about Jesus loving her just as she was.

If you are in Christ today, may they also be an assurance for your soul:

Just As I Am

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!

The Author
Annie Sander

Annie Sander is the marketing & events director at Unlocking the Bible. She is also a singer, songwriter, and worship leader. She lives in Lakewood, Ill., with her husband, Todd, and their two kids. Contact Annie at

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