JUST AS I AM written in 1840
Charlotte Elliott seemed to have everything going for her as a young woman. She was gifted as a portrait artist and also as a writer of humorous poems. Then, in her early thirties, she suffered a serious illness that left her weak and depressed.
During her illness, a noted minister, Dr. Caesar Malan of Switzerland, came to visit her. Noticing her depression, he asked her if she had peace with God. She resented the question, and told him she did not want to talk about it.
But, a few days later, she had the opportunity to apologize to Dr. Malan. After that, she told him she wanted to clean up some things in her life before she became a Christian. Malan answered, “Come just as you are.” That was enough for Charlotte Elliott, and she gave her life to Jesus Christ that day.
14 years later, remembering those words spoken to her by Dr. Malan in Brighton, England, she wrote this hymn. It really is a simple hymn, possibly the most basic hymn we sing in our churches. But, it has been used to touch millions who have responded to Christ’s invitation to come just as they are.
By the way, Billy Graham says he was converted in 1934 in a revival meeting in Charlotte, NC, led by the evangelist Mordecai Ham while hearing this song sung during the invitation. This song became associated with him years later as he used it during his own invitations throughout his many crusades.
Read this hymn, and make it your own hymn of confession and surrender.
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!