O Come, Let Us Adore Him

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Text: Matthew 11:28, Matthew 14:28,29

You are invited. You are welcomed by God Himself into this season that is like no other—a time of anticipation, expectation and repentance. A sweet season of invitation.

The hard part is already done! The daunting act of making the first move is covered. Jesus came to us first. He came to the manger then and He comes to your side today. The invitation is yours to accept.

He invites us to His nativity. To see God take on helpless humility for us. To witness centuries of promises and prophecies fulfilled one holy night. You see, the begotten Son of God was actually there, lying in the cold darkness where animals fed, His infinite glory wrapped in finite humanity. He came to that place in time for you, for me, for us. He was there.

So, where are you right now?

Physically, geographically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually—where are you? Are you where you hoped you might be today? Are you close to or far from home? Are you alone? Are you surrounded by people who love you? Are you near to the One who loves you?

Wherever you are, wherever you hoped you might be, let’s not waste another minute before we open our ears to these words of invitation from the Savior Himself:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

“And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.”
Matthew 14:28,29

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’”
Matthew 19:14

“And he said to all, ‘If any one would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’”
Luke 9:23

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst… and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.’”
John 6:35,37-38

“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”’”
John 7:37-38

“So he told them this parable: ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.’”
Luke 15:3-7

Do you hear this invitation, friends? Do you hear the Savior calling you in close, calling you from all corners of hope and doubt, joy and disbelief? At home or alone, lost sheep and little children—this is an invitation for all people in all places. Wherever you are and wherever you hoped you might be, He’s not rejecting you, ignoring you or judging you—He’s inviting you. His welcome is all-inclusive. Come to me. Do not be hindered. I will set out to find you—yes, you specifically—and bring you home. You. Are. Invited.

And this invitation? It does not end with us. Because He extends His hand to us, we can extend it to each other as the Body of Christ—to adore together the reality of “God with us.”

Let there be no mistake—this is not an invitation to be good enough. No “Come, Let’s Do All The Holiday Things” or “Come, Clean Yourself Up!”

The invitation is simply, Come.

As we adore the radiant beauty of Christ, our hearts begin to repent, our souls bubble with expectation, and the net of invitation casts out deep and wide, just as it was meant to do all along.

Come, friends. Let us adore Him together today.

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For an added layer of worship during this sweet season of adoration and expectation, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for Advent 2014! You can find the complete SheReadsTruth | O Come Let Us Adore Him playlist at this link, or listen to the first track on the player below. Enjoy!

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  • jaramillo19

    I don’t agree. Look at
    https://www.lds.org/ensign/2011/12/come-let-us-adore-him?lang=eng Friendly, Eleanor

  • I don’t agree: http://jeannemayo.com/blog/?p=3107

    Best regards, Piper

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  • I just joined and am a bit confused. All but one or two of the studies show $1.99 to download, but the news blurbs say the devotions are free. Do I have to pay to download every study?

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi Wendy,
      Welcome! Great question! Yes, there is a small cost for most of the current plans on the app. We like to keep a few of them for free, because free is fun, and the devotionals are always available for free at SheReadsTruth.com! In other words, the cost is not for the content itself, but for the convenience of reading within the feature-rich app! Regardless of method, we\’re so happy you\’re here!

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  • Anastasia

    It's the little things that matter…like this wonderful Christmas playlist to help soften our hearts! But after that Thanksgiving series, my heart is melting haha

  • I would love to get the actual study pack!! It looks so beautiful!!! And I would love to keep it for years!

  • I’m so excited to start this beautiful series!! PEASE PLEASE PLEASE add more study packs!!! I missed it and I want one SOOO bad ❤️

  • Any chance we can get the notifications fixed so I can get the study?

  • jenadams87

    I love the invitation to just come. That's what I'm doing in this season- just coming.

  • I know I purchased a plan before, that gave me the printable option, but now looking back, I have no idea how I did it! Isn't there a study you can print out yourself that goes with the study? I can not remember how I did it before.

  • Thank you Lord for your love! Thank you for helping me find this site at such a perfect time!

  • Courtney

    Excited to start this plan. I’m at a time of refocussing in my life and walk with Christ. To simply “come” is exactly what I need.

  • nadia myburgh

    thank you all and thank you AnnaLee you made me feel so much better just with your inspiring words thanx for all of you so that we can help carry each other in this study!!!! Amen

  • Excited to focus on the reason for this season! Feeling blessed to have stumbled across SRT just in time for the advent study! God is good! This is exactly what I need!

  • jessicalisel

    Thank you lord, for the invitation that waits expectantly. Thank you for having open arms to all. Thank you that you whisper, you yell; come. Come and be freed, come and find rest, come and find hope, come and find true lasting satisfaction, come to the place you were created for. Lord Jesus, I pray in this season we would come with abandon, wholeheartedly seeking your face in adoration. Amen
    Love learning with you sisters! Thank you for your encouraging words!

  • Anonymous

    Left God for the fifth? sixth? time in less than a year. Shame takes over. And I run and hide from Him. Seems I can never feel secure in my salvation or my relationship with Him.

    • Lane

      Anonymous- I too know what that’s like but I assure you He’s always pursuing you, you are His beloved and nothing can change the way He desires you. Take joy in this song today: “Out of Hiding (Father’s Song)”
      by Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger from the album The Undoing

      “Come out of hiding
      You’re safe here with Me
      There’s no need to cover
      What I already see

      You’ve got your reasons
      But I hold your peace
      You’ve been on lockdown
      And I hold the key

      ‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
      And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
      And you were the one that I was thinking of
      When I rose from the grave

      Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours
      I tore the veil for you to come close
      There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
      You’re not far from home

      I’ll be your lighthouse
      When you’re lost at sea
      And I will illuminate
      Everything

      No need to be frightened
      By intimacy
      No, just throw off your fear
      And come running to Me

      ‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
      And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
      And you were the one that I was thinking of
      When I rose from the grave
      Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours
      I tore the veil for you to come close
      There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
      You’re not far from home
      Keep on coming

      And oh as you run
      What hindered love
      Will only become
      Part of the story

      Baby, you’re almost home now
      Please don’t quit now
      You’re almost home to Me”

    • Sarah T

      I understand this so much, Anonymous! Shame and doubt feel real and near. But please know that you are loved by one who loves endlessly! Be encouraged. Share those doubts with Him. Ask the Spirit for wisdom. And know that you are so so loved.

    • Carla

      God loves you even if you are far from home or travels (psalm 103). If you accept him, living water will flow from within you…

  • I am excited to spend this season with this community.

    "Jesus came to us first." Yes He did. He came in a mess (to an earthly father who wanted to divorce His mother, to a dirty manger filled with animals and hay, to a messed up world). And He takes on the burdens of our messy lives today because He came to us first. Let us adore Him!

  • bringbackhisgirls

    "He said, 'Come.' So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, 'Lord, save me.' Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?' And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, 'Truly you are the Son of God.'" (Matthew 14:29-33, ESV)

    I love how Jesus knew that Peter would fall because of doubt, that Jesus would have to hold Peter's hand to save Him, but chose to invite Him anyway. He wants us, no matter if we are full of faith or of doubt. That is beautiful.
    Peter came out to Jesus, became afraid, and cried out to His Savior; Jesus didn't brush Peter off or let Him sink, but "immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'" Jesus doesn't condemn us or make us feel bad (his question to Peter was not to make him feel bad, but to refocus Peter on Himself), but holds our hands in the midst of our fear, and refocuses us on His sovereignty over every situation. What a loving, wonderful father we all have!

    Matthew 11:28 hit me pretty hard. I can be so legalistic at times that the things I do with the Lord– devotional time, bible study, etc.– can become heavy laden and burdensome. I hear Jesus' invitation to me today, to forsake the legalistic habits I have and to "come" to Him, the real reason for the season. Jesus, it's about what you DID– not what I DO. I come to you now, praying You'd break that legalistic mindset, trusting in You as my God and King! Amen!! Let this Advent season bring us all closer to You than ever before– let it make us all the more thankful for your precious sacrifice, and let it bring us new peace and joy as we all adore You, together. O Come, Let us Adore Him! Amen!!!

    I love you all! Blessings, friends!
    –AnnaLee

  • Question! I just completed my first SRT plan…the Thankful series…and purchased it from the SRT app on my iPad. I can't find a link to pre-purchase the advent series. User error I'm sure! Do I wait until day 1 of the plan and download it from the app then or is there a way to go ahead and purchase? Thanks!

  • Looking forward to this study… I appreciate every opportunity to refocus on the most important thing with advent.

    • bringbackhisgirls

      I'm looking forward to it too, friend. Jesus, refocus all of us on Your face amidst the craziness of this holiday season. Focus us on Your goodness, Your grace, and Your holiness, as we seek to become nearer to You today, Holy and blameless before You, all because of what You did. Let us all dive deeper than we ever have before into our relationships with You as we walk with You this season. In Christ' name, Amen.

  • Beth Warner

    Thank you Lord for your invitation. Thank you SRT for bringing this study,,can’t wait!

  • My heart is fluttering with excitement and I have tears in my eyes. I'm so looking forward to the advent study. The holidays are such a stressful time of year for me, so to have come back to Christ during this time of year will finally bring me a holiday of peace.

  • Really looking forward to your advent study this year. I am so glad that you made another playlist-last year's was great!

  • TheresaMMeacham

    So excited for this study as well! What a wonderful message in a season that has become all too much about busyness and doing. In the midst of buying the right presents and hosting parties and baking goodies and putting together Christmas plans, how relaxing and peaceful is His invitation to come as we are. Weary, excited, hurting, joyful…He wants us all wherever we're at. Is there a grace more amazing than His?!
    Blessings today, ladies!

    • bringbackhisgirls

      Praise Jesus for His grace and mercy, that He loves us no matter how messed up or filthy we are! Praising Him, that we can come to Him and rest in His arms this Advent season!

      –AnnaLee

  • Chelsea C.

    So needed to hear these words today. I find it hard to connect with our Savior when I feel so unworthy, but the act of Christmas is just that! Christ came to where we were in our mess, our mistakes, the filth of earth instead of the splendor of heaven. He could have saved us in so many ways, but chose to meet us where we are to show us we can always come. I am accepting this invitation and putting it first this season!

    • bringbackhisgirls

      "but chose to meet us where we are to show us we can always come." Beautiful, Chelsea! How beautiful it is to know that we don't need to do or be anything to just come to Christ's throne, sitting at His feet, and hearing His words of love, power, peace, and wisdom to us! Praying we'd all come to Him, letting Him (He doesn't truly need our permission, but is a gentleman!) change our hearts from the inside out as we sit at His feet, drink from the cup in His hand, and listen to the words He has for us this season! I'm so excited!

      –AnnaLee

    • jenadams87

      I'm right there with you!

  • stinav96

    Accepting this invitation! So excited to focus on the Reason for the Season with you all! Thank you for the reminder that it isn't "O Come and Do All The Holiday Things." I have debated whether to do a more in-depth Advent study with my kids or simply take time to focus each day during our Bible time on the Christ in Christmas. Last year we got about half way through Truth in the Tinsel, and while I love it, I don't think it is feasible for us this year. I feel almost guilty that I'm not doing something spectacular with my kids to turn their hearts toward the Savior, but He didn't come spectacularly, did He? I want us to rest in His invitation to join Him this year. P.S…. Love the gift guide! P.P.S…. I wonder if you, our valiant SRT leaders, could provide a kids' version of the Advent study next year? It just now occurred to me. Just a thought. I love you all either way! :)

    • Jess

      We’ve done truth in the tinsel for 3 years now, and we’ve never finished it! I wasn’t sure if I was going to try this year because my oldest started school and has tons of homework, but I still wanted to do something. Have you seen the printable ornaments for TNT? You just color, paint, or decorate them however you want. I think I’m going to use those this year instead of the crafts to make it simpler but still have the devotions.

      • stinav96

        Hey, Jess! Thanks for that suggestion! Are these ornaments at the end of the TNT download, or are they an additional purchase? I will check the site, too, but if I already have them, that would be great! Yes, I was thinking of going through the Scripture or some other reading program with the kids, but they would enjoy even those printable ornaments. Only… that means I need to put up a tree earlier than later! Ha! We'll see how that works! :)

      • stinav96

        Hey! Found it on the sight! Thanks! :)

    • bringbackhisgirls

      I totally understand what you mean when you say you almost feel guilt about not doing something spectacular with your kids for advent. There's no guilt in Christ Jesus, and He'll lead you to doing what is best for this season with your children! Lord Jesus, bless my sister Christina with Your guidance, wisdom, and insight to know what to do with her children this year for Advent. Bless the works of her hands, and may her children (Your children!) come to know You more closely this year because of it! Amen.

      Blessings, sister!
      –AnnaLee

  • I am so excited to begin this study with you girls!!! Let the anticipation of HIs birth begin!!

  • Natalija

    Too bad that spotify doesn't work internationally :( I will have to find the songs somehow. Looking forward to it.

    • bringbackhisgirls

      I don't have spotify either, Natalija. I can use the web browser version only because my parents are linked to facebook, but I'll probably have to hunt for them at times too. Hopefully, God willing, we can find each song every day! God is good. Be blessed, sis.
      –AnnaLee

    • Claire

      it works in the UK? The app is free on mobile for Android anyway?

  • nadia myburgh

    On this day discovering this and allready reading 2 inspiring passages I know I’m at the right place feeling of unworthiness GONE I will keep on and keep on believing I am a King’s daughter and will keep my head high for I will follow him again everyday! !!! I will do it all over to be the best I can be for hin!!!! one amazing group for holding hands and loving God freely!!!!!

    • bringbackhisgirls

      Amen Nadia! Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)! No guilt, no shame, no condemnation. Jesus is "God With Us!" He is with us– so let His freedom, joy, and peace ring out! Praise Him! Bless you, dear sister! be so Blessed in the Lord today!!
      Your sister in Christ,
      –AnnaLee

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