COME UNTO ME
by Charles R. Solomon
February 27, 2000
"Come unto me", the Savior says,
"And I will give you rest", (Matt. 11:28)
To those living in death
And those alive but sore distressed.
Eternal life is the promise - (Rom. 6:23)
A life abundant and free, (John 10:10; Gal. 5:1)
If we will be stop our doing
And let Him make us content to be.
The sin that came between us
Passed from Adam to us as death, (Rom. 5:12)
As we repent of our sin
The Holy Spirit gives life by His breath.
The life that we had from below
In exchange for that from above -
The works of the flesh without measure (Gal. 5:19-21)
Give way to the fruit of His love. (Gal. 5:22,23)
But you say, I am defeated so
That I almost despair of life,
While I desire to obey Him,
My daily lot is one of strife.
While I would do His will, (Rom. 7:22)
I find myself following my own; (Rom. 7:19b)
Instead of acts of righteousness
I do that which I can't condone.
"O wretched man that I am" (Rom. 7:24a)
Suffering day to day defeat,
While I read in His Holy Word
That in Christ I am complete! (Col. 2:1)
When I come to the end of self
In one mass of frustration,
I read those liberating words -
"There is no condemnation". (Rom. 8:1)
In my struggle to obey the Lord
I marshalled all my strength;
Only to find my gracious Father
Had patience to go any length.
No matter how hard I tried
Sin and defeat were the norm;
All my effort had to come to naught
If to His image I were to conform. (Rom. 8:29)
When all my efforts proved futile
And the flesh was exposed to His light,
My trying gave way to dying and
I was forced to give up the fight.
"I am crucified with Christ" - (Gal. 2:20)
Five words the Spirit blessed;
I could now obey His pleading,
"Come unto Me and rest".