For Charlotte, this was a turning point. She could not get Dr. Malan’s question out of her head. She met the doctor again 3 weeks later, and she told him that ever since he spoke to her, she had been trying to find Jesus, but she felt she had to clean up her life before she could become a Christian. “You have nothing of merit to bring to God. You must come just as you are,” replied Dr. Malan. With joy in her heart, Charlotte Elliott accepted Christ that day.

By Lisasuuppi

Born in London, England on March 18, 1789, Charlotte Elliott was a very popular and gifted portrait artist and also made a living as a comedy writer. In her early thirties, she contracted a serious illness that caused her to suffer deep exhaustion and pain every day of her life, and left her very depressed.
A well-known Swiss evangelist, Dr. Caesar Malan, came to visit Charlotte. Sensing her depression, Dr. Malan asked Charlotte if she knew Christ as her Savior. Charlotte bristled at the question, and said she would rather not talk about it. Dr. Malan apologized for any offense that he had caused.
For Charlotte, this was a turning point. She could not get Dr. Malan’s question out of her head. She met the doctor again 3 weeks later, and she told him that ever since he spoke to her, she had been trying to find Jesus, but she felt she had to clean up her life before she could become a Christian. “You have nothing of merit to bring to God. You must come just as you are,” replied Dr. Malan. With joy in her heart, Charlotte Elliott accepted Christ that day.
Approximately 14 years later, Charlotte’s brother was raising funds for a school for the daughters of clergymen – St. Mary’s Hall. Because of her debilitating illness, Charlotte could not help out, and she felt useless. As she thought about her situation, she remembered Dr. Malan’s words, and she decided to write a song for others who were experiencing situations the same as hers. The words she wrote became one of the greatest soul-winning songs in the history of hymns.

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, 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, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, 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, 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, I come.

 

Many stories are told about the people whose lives were changed by Charlotte’s words. Billy Graham used it as the invitation at his crusades. And before Charlotte died, she learned that copies of her poem were being sold, and the money was being donated to St. Mary’s Hall, the very mission she thought she could not help.

Every single person, when confronted face to face with the facts of their sin, will be completely speechless. Sin is so serious that it “separates” people from God – Isa. 59:2 . On earth men come up with a lot of excuses for sin and sometimes people accept these excuses. But the Lord wants you to come as you are.

Comments on the Hymn

Some hesitate to come as they are. They think they are not fit to come. They want to dress up first. They think they have to get rid of their bad habits, or make restitution, or do something else before they can come. That’s like a drowning man who can’t swim but who keeps struggling in a vain attempt to save himself. The lifeguard can’t save him until he quiets down.
You can’t save yourself. God does not ask you to. All He asks, if you are not saved, is that you let Him do it. Just confess your need of salvation and repent of your sins, and then trust in His saving power. Never mind your bad habits or misdeeds. He will help you solve those problems later. It will be easier than you expect, for you will be a new person once you are saved.
Come now, and don’t delay. You need not wait another minute. You don’t have to wash up, clean up, or dress up to accept it. All you have to do is say YES. Come as you are:

Just say this prayer

Sinner’s prayer

Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.

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