Jesus is Calling

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Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

O for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1880

 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28 – 30

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
Isaiah 40:2

 

One of the things that I remember from growing up on a dairy farm was that we had a lot of cats. Now the truth is that not all of the cats lived on our farm, but as my dad would pour the remaining milk drained from the pipes into a pan outside the barn they would all come running. But some of the cats did live on the farm, and that meant we had kittens. The mother cats would find all kinds of places to have their kittens and you never knew where you would find them.

Now, when you did find them you had to gently coax them out. You would kneel down to the ground, to make yourself appear smaller. You would then call to them in a soft, gentle voice so as not to startle them. And then you had to be patient.

As I sing the words of “Softly and Tenderly” a similar image comes to mind. You see, we are so caught up in our own issues that we fail to seek God as we should. But thankfully, God does not simply sit back and wait for us  As Will Thompson writes, “Softly and tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me.”

You see God reaches out to us, but He chooses not to force us to follow. He wants us to come to Him on our own. So he patiently waits for us to respond to His call. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

But this does not mean that we have forever to respond. Peter goes on to write in verse 10, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.”, that is, without warning. If we wait to long, then the time will come, when will no longer be able to respond. So Thompson writes, “Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing, Passing from you and from me; Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming, Coming for you and for me.”

God is patient, and forgiving, if we will only respond to His call. This hymn goes on to declare this truth, “Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon, Pardon for you and for me.”

So whether we are so busy with our own interest that we fail to hear Him, or we are so weighed down by life trials that we fail to see Him, He is calling to us. Jesus told us in Matthew 11:28 – 30, ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

He wants us to know the peace that comes only from Him. The peace and comfort that comes from being held in the Father’s arms. The rest that can only be found at our true home. I am reminded of this and comforted by the words of the chorus, “Come home, come home, You who are weary, come home; Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, Calling, O sinner, come home!”

 

 

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