Come as you are.

October 16, 2014.

Come, come as you are, battered and torn,
Come and receive the rest.
Lay, lay it all down, your burdens forlorn,
He will lift them from your chest.

Come, come as you are, a weary, worn-out soul,
Come and receive the rest.
Give, give Him your life, with all its woe,
Come and you will be blessed.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30)

Why, why do you linger, why do you stand alone?
Find the joy offered you.
What, what do you gain, where is your eternal home,
When the reaper’s had is due?

Why, why resist Him so, why push away the truth?
End the war within.
What, what can be more, what can more sooth,
Than a new life to begin?

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”
(II Corinthians 5:16-19)

See, see with open eyes, the glory set for you,
Look and be satisfied.
See, see with open heart, the love that’s ever true,
Look beyond the world of lies.

See, see and understand, His call is for all,
All who will come.
See, see and behold, be ransomed from the fall,
All reconciled by one.

“But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.”
(Romans 5:15)

Come, come as you are, battered and torn,
Come and receive the rest.
Lay, lay it all down, your burdens forlorn,
He will lift them from your chest.

Come, come as you are, but not for long,
His righteousness pursue.
Come, comas you are, repent and belong,
For you have been made new.

“From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
(Matthew 4:17)

Suggested Daily Reading: Psalm 51, Matthew 3-4, Romans 5, II Corinthians 5.

Come as you are, but then be transformed anew.

-Walter

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