As You Are is the first track and the title track of my new album. I originally wrote this song for a project in college. I was talking a recording class and needed to record something, so I recorded this song for that project and forgot about it for a few years. As You Are was one of the last songs I tracked for the record. I was looking for an opener and I stumbled across the old acoustic demo and my wife said that it had to be on the record and be the first song. She is normally right when it comes to these things. When I got done recording it I realized that the title of the song summed up the theme of the record, come as you are. In Matthew 11: 28-30 Jesus says:
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.
Jesus invites everyone to come to him as they are. Broken, tired, questioning, doubting, you name it Jesus wants it. This invitation is a life changing one. I chose this to be the first song because these songs are not written for shinny perfect Christians, these songs are written for broken dirty people who are tired of trying to fake their way through life with a cheesy smile and thumbs up attitude all the time.
So, I pray this song draws you to Jesus. I pray the Holy Spirit makes this invitation real to you. It is more than an idea or philosophy, but a reality. The God who made the stars wants you just as you are. As we come to him he is the one who cleans us up by the washing of his blood. Jesus alone can give you rest.