Come And Be

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Come And Be

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We are so excited to introduce our next homegrown worship song, “Come And Be,” to the church this Sunday morning. This song is inspired by the book of Romans, chapter 8 (verses 12-17), where Paul talks about what it means to be adopted as sons of God. Here is the specific text:

“So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:12-17, ESV)

Adoption is something near and dear to the heart of Evanston Bible Fellowship. Many of our members have adopted children, both internationally and domestically, and our church is full of people who were adopted into loving families when they were children. We have a real heart for orphan care at EBF, and it’s a beautiful thing for me to look out at the church on Sunday mornings and see the beautiful patchwork of adoption permeating our congregational family. It is an incredible glimpse at the reality of our relationship with God: that He adopted us into His family, and gives us all the acceptance and love and honor due to His children.

This song interacts with the beautiful truth that God has adopted us as his sons and daughters. It also recognizes that, even though we have been adopted by a perfect father, we will still rebel and will wander from our perfect family. And when we do, God will never give up on us. He will not cast us aside, He will not tell us, “I told you so,” no: He will welcome us home, and like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, he will run down the road to meet us and welcome us back. God’s adoptive love is stronger than our rebellion.

I am printing the lyrics below – I can’t wait to share this new song with the church! Won’t you sing along?

“Come And Be”
Andrew Hudson, The EBF Family Band

We are debtors
But not to skin and bone
And we are far from home
Out here

We were slaves
But You’ve called us sons
And daughters
You are our father
And You say come

Come and be with Me
I’m grafting you in to this family tree
Adopting you so patiently
And making you new

A brand new name
A place to call home, a shelter
A price that’s been paid
All for us

You made a way
You ran down the road to meet us
You came down from heaven
All for love

Come and be with Me
I’m grafting you in to this family tree
Adopting you so patiently
And making you new

Come and be set free
Share in my suffering and my glory
And when you feel faint, hold on to Me
I’ll carry you through

And now we cry
Abba! Father!
Lord you’ve made us alive

And now we cry
Jesus! Brother!
Made us heirs to the life

And now we cry
Holy Spirit!
Lead us on through the night

Oh and when we wander
You won’t cast us aside

But now we trade
Our palace robes for shackles
We keep running back to
Our old ways

Oh but You’re the same
Yesterday, now, forever
And You keep on insisting
That we stay

Come and be holy
I loved you before you could ever love Me
No matter how far you run from me
I’ll welcome you home

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