“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
The first time I heard Come As You Are by David Crowder was after I had been asked to lead worship at a friend’s church. They requested the song, and as I listened to it for the first time, I was immediately seized by the first two lines:
Come out of sadness, from wherever you’ve been
Come, broken hearted, let rescue begin
I was hooked. Not because the melody is beautiful (it is) and not because the arrangement is powerful (it is). I was hooked because of the simple but profound message of the song: Come as you are.
As someone who loves to share my faith, this message is one of the most important messages anyone could ever share. We all know—because we’ve seen, heard or experienced it first hand—how often folks feel disqualified from ever entering God’s kingdom. They’ll have a list of reasons, but likely most of these folks aren’t familiar with:
- The rest and easy yoke offered by Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30
- The gentle, restorative hand of the Good Shepherd from Psalm 23
- One small but vital word in John 1:11-12 – ALL: “He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (emphasis added).
These are just a few of countless other passages that make it clear that qualification, purification comes from Jesus AFTER we accept Him. It does not come from us BEFORE we approach Him. Jesus qualifies the unqualified. He knows the sin that clings to us as we approach, but like the father in the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), God’s love for YOU is so great that He runs to you and throws a celebration in your name when you come to Him, baggage and all. Why would He do that? Those answers become clear in time, but all you need to know today, beloved, is that He already loves you. You don’t need to get yourself together, clean yourself up or try to earn His love. So as the song says, come out of sadness, from wherever you’ve been. The Savior is ready for you: Come as you are.
Come As You Are
Come out of sadness From wherever you've been Come broken hearted Let rescue begin Come find your mercy Oh sinner come kneel Earth has no sorrow That heaven can't heal Earth has no sorrow That heaven can't heal So lay down your burdens Lay down your shame All who are broken Lift up your face Oh wanderer come home You're not too far So lay down your hurt Lay down your heart Come as you are There's hope for the hopeless And all those who've strayed Come sit at the table Come taste the grace There's rest for the weary Rest that endures Earth has no sorrow That heaven can't cure So lay down your burdens Lay down your shame All who are broken Lift up your face Oh wanderer come home You're not too far So lay down your hurt Lay down your heart Come as you are Come as you are Fall in his arms Come as you are There's joy for the morning Oh sinner be still Earth has no sorrow That heaven can't heal Earth has no sorrow That heaven can't heal So lay down your burdens Lay down your shame All who are broken
LESSON 1: SERVE ONE ANOTHER
“You Should Do As I Have Done For You” – Jesus
The dusty and dirty conditions of the region necessitated the need for foot-washing. Although the disciples most likely would have been happy to wash Jesus’ feet, they could not conceive washing each other’s feet. This was because in the society of the time foot-washing was reserved for the lowliest of menial servants. Peers did not wash one another’s feet, except very rarely and as a mark of great love. Luke points out (22:24) that they were arguing about who was the greatest of them, so that none was willing to stoop to wash feet. When Jesus moved to wash their feet, they were shocked. His actions serve also as a symbol of spiritual cleansing (vs. 6-9) and a model of Christian humility (vs. 12-17). Through this action Jesus taught the lesson of selfless service that was supremely exemplified by His death on the cross.Download Church, Lesson 1
Be wise by recognizing that human pride is the greatest barrier to true dialogue. Have a humble, teachable spirit and set aside your pride.
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SONGS WE’LL BE SINGING TOGETHER
Last week, we learned a new song called “Way Maker.” We will sing it again this week, so you can watch the Doxologies video to hear it again or learn more about it.
Way Maker | [listen]
Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu
2 Corinthians 1:20
God of Revival | [listen]
Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham
Christ Is Enough | [listen + lyrics]
Reuben Morgan, Jonas Myrin
2 Corinthians 12:9
King of Kings | [listen + lyrics]
Brooke Ligertwood, Jason Ingram, and Scott Ligertwood
Yes I Will | [listen + lyrics]
Eddie Hoagland, Jonathan Smith, and Mia Fieldes
“And through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:20)
Be wise by navigating adversarial dialogue with civil words. Gracious words, seasoned with kindness, will tear down barriers.
Be wise in dialogue by determining to prepare through prayer — especially when the dialogue is adversarial.
LESSON 3: LOVING YOUR FAMILY AS CHRIST LOVES THE CHURCH
As we started this section on loving our neighbor in the family, or “Family Ties,” we focused on how, in His wisdom, God created for us a physical picture of the spiritual family He had in mind for all who would call on the name of Christ. We’ve also looked at how that earthly family, whether biological or adopted, is a training and proving ground – bettering God’s children for life with our spiritual brothers and sisters.Download Family, Lesson 3
This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:16-19
I often wonder how the Israelites must have felt as they approached the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s mighty army in hot pursuit. The story, found in the 14th chapter of Exodus, is a dramatic illustration of God’s omnipotent providence and His promise to weave all things together for the good of those who love him. On the surface, one might think that God merely plucked the Israelites from a crushing defeat at the last excruciating moment. The truth is that God held every heart-pounding instant in His almighty hand for the purpose of His glory. From commanding the Israelites’ flight from Egypt to the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart which led to his overwhelming pursuit of them; and from the Israelites’ incredible deliverance and safe passage through the Red Sea to the great victory over Pharaoh’s army with “all of the horses and chariots” resulting in an indisputable recognition of God’s unmatched might, God always finishes what He begins. Always.
God is faithful. And when He is for us, no one can stand against us. (Romans 8:31).
It is my desire that as we sing this song together as a church body, we will enter into a bold and confident moment of declaration and thanksgiving for who God is: asking Him for nothing, but praising Him for the great things He has done (Psalm 126:3) and is yet to do.
He is with us. (Joshua 1:9)
He is for us. (Psalm 56:9)
He is faithful. (2 Thes 3:3)
He is our healer. (1 Peter 2:24)
He is our savior and redeemer. (John 3:16)
He is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)
He is the light. (John 8:12)
He is the miracle worker. (Luke 1:37)
He is the way maker. (Isaiah 43: 19)
You are here Moving in our midst I worship You I worship You You are here Working in this place I worship You I worship You You are Way maker, miracle worker Promise keeper, light in the darkness My God, that is who You are You are here Turning lives around I worship You I worship You You are here You're healing every heart I worship You I worship You You are Way maker, miracle worker Promise keeper, light in the darkness My God, that is who You are Even when I don't see it, You're working Even when I don't feel it, You're working You never stop, You never stop working You never stop, You never stop working Way maker, miracle worker Promise keeper, light in the darkness My God, that is who You are
Wisdom in dialogue is determining to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19). When you enter into dialogue, put your expectations aside. Expectations are an invitation to disappointment.