As Jesus Is

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Just As I Am Without One Plea"1 (Lyrics)

1 Peter 3:18a – For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. (NIV)

Romans 4:7 – Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (NIV)

I like my set of little living-room tables. They are finished in a warm brown walnut. The middle-sized one sits under the largest, and the wee one under both. I bought them tagged as is at the furniture store. The wee table had a slight scrape where it had rubbed under the middle-sized one. Still I wanted them, though imperfect.

But when they were delivered, I was happily surprised to see that the store had touched-up the scrape — covered it — without charge!

We people get scrapes too — from jostling unrestrained in our spaces, from friction with our neighbours, from not trusting God as we should.

But, although we may have many scrapes, God loves us just as we are and wants us. Moreover, He receives us pure and holy, for His Son, Jesus, has completely covered our sins with His own blood — freely. We are made to be just as if we had never sinned.

God delights in receiving us as Jesus is — perfect.

We are all welcomed to "the city of the living God … to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven … to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect" (Hebrews 12:22b,23 NIV). Shall we accept the invitation to live with Him and His people today and forever?

"There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:22b-24 NIV). Let us praise and thank Him.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for wanting us though we have sinned. Thank You for giving Your Son Jesus to cover our sins with His own blood, making us perfect with Himself. O Lord Jesus, with the power of Your Holy Spirit, cause us to live closer and closer to the position of perfection that You grant us in Yourself. For Your sake, we pray. Amen.

    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!
           – Charlotte Elliot

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About the author:

Isabel Allison
Roland, Manitoba, Canada

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Isabel for an encouraging word.

    Dear Isabel: Thank you for today’s message. All I can say is AMEN!

    Thank you Isabel.
    Keep up your good work.

    Beautiful message, Allison. Thank you. What wonderful reassurance we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus.

    Thank you for the reminder that Jesus has made us perfect in God’s eyes so that we now have a smoothed road into His Presence. Blessings.

    I enjoyed your devotional. I envisioned your tables. I have a set, as end tables, bought from a grandmother, she called them nesting tables.
    God bless.

    Thanks for writing. Your devotional was so wonderful to read, Isabel. Just to think that our sins are covered with His precious blood. Thank you, Lord for perfecting us to be like you. God bless you.

    What a beautiful illustration of salvation. I am forwarding it to a friend who thinks she could never get “good enough” to be a Christian. I have been witnessing to her for a long time. Keep on keeping on.

    Hi Isabel,
    Thank you for your devotional today. Nursing some scrapes as I am with my replacements after a bad stumble I found great solace in your submission. And only yesterday did enjoy a video on the history of hymns among which was that of Just as I am.
    Every blessing.

    Goooood hymn, not heard much these days in the modern churches but stored deep in my heart to burst forth when reminded, nevertheless!
    Thanks for the reminder.

    Good Afternoon Isabel.
    Forever hold to the words of your heart that you have written! Because for many who feel that they must do something to earn salvation, they miss the joy of knowing that “Jesus paid it all” “Because I was, without one plea”. Only by the work of One, was God satisfied in regards to my salvation. And now as His child comes the work, “Trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”. Songs of others, but how refreshing!

    Dear Isabel;
    Your devotional came at the most appropriate time. I was battling with some thoughts about a recent e-mail that I received. God has indeed used your words to comfort me and to tell me that I am on the right track. My prayer is that Christians take that scripture to heart: “There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22b-24 NIV). Thanks be to God for you! I truly believe that these words need to be said over and over again to remind us!

    Good Morning Isabel:
    What a beautiful message reminding us God loves us regardless of the shape we are in because of our many scrapes and bruises both physically and mentally. Too often we forget it was God who designed us and He and He alone is the one who can make us perfect, once more, through the blood of the Lamb. As you so wisely advised us, we have all sinned yet when we enter eternity we shall be as white as snow and our sins will be remembered no morel. A beautiful fortification for God’s people.
    Thank you for your beautiful devotions, they stir my heart and cause me to walk closer with He who loves us so much.

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