Good memories flooded my mind as I sat in a concert. The
group’s leader had just introduced the song they were
about to sing: “Just As I Am.” I remembered how years ago
at the end of his sermons my pastor would ask people to
come forward while we sang that song, indicating they
would like to receive the forgiveness Christ offers for
But the leader of the musical group at the concert
suggested another occasion when we might sing this song.
He commented that he likes to think that when he dies and
goes to meet the Lord one day, he will sing in thanks to
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!
Years before writing this song, Charlotte Elliott asked a
minister how she might find the Lord. He told her, “Just
come to Him as you are.” She did, and later during a
discouraging time of illness, she wrote this hymn about
the day she came to Christ and He forgave her sin.
In His Word, the Lord encourages us to seek Him: “Seek the
Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is
near” (Isa. 55:6). He calls to our hearts: “Ho! Everyone
who thirsts, come to the waters . . . . Incline your ear,
and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live” (vv.1,3).