Just As I Am, Without One Plea…

ad_2009_blog_revivalI can hear my pastor’s voice as clear now as I heard it many years ago quoting the first stanza of “Just As I Am” at the end of a service.  He would inevitably add before the piano began to play, “Won’t you come, now? You come.”

Oh, so many times God was working on my heart those years growing up in Canton, Ohio, and God stirred my soul during those invitations.  I remember the nervousness of deciding if I should move.  I remember edging through a row of people to make my way down that long aisle to kneel at the front and let God have His way with me.  That altar holds some sacred memories for me that are forever attached to my heart.

I realize that an invitation is a methodology to call for a decision.  I also believe it is a good way, while the Spirit is working, to help the seed of the Word to find a more secure lodging in the heart.  Transparency, obedience, humility, urgency, choice, encouragement, and the accountability of fellow believers in the local church are all part of an invitation time.

If you missed the message last Sunday night, you can listen here or watch here. “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Mt.10:32).