Ya’ll Come

I live here in the South, in rural Alabama.  We Southerners are a slightly different bunch than many people.  We have our good points and our bad points.  But we also have some different mannerisms that intrigue those from outside.

One mannerism, or phrase often said, when leaving from visiting another’s house or when your company is leaving is the following:

Ya’ll Come.”

Here’s a clip of Porter Wagner singing “Ya’ll Come” for those that don’t know what I’m talking about.

Actually makes me sad thinking about it, because it is something that is going by the wayside.  Only the older folks still do that, but I don’t know, maybe I should start it up again.  I can just see my grandmother standing wiping her hands on her apron and saying “Ya’ll come to see us, ya’ hear.”

So “Ya’ll come to see us, too.”

But I do remember as a child when someone was leaving and they said “Ya’ll Come.”  My evil little heart would think what would they do if I did.  I can’t believe I would think that, because I know most of them would have all been perfectly willing to take me right along with them.  But even as a child, I knew that a general “Ya’ll Come” wasn’t the same as a personal invitation.  Nothing like my moma calling me by name and saying get in the car.  Or being mailed an invitation to a party with my name on it.

Is the gospel call a “Ya’ll Come” or is it a more personal invitation?

It is a personal invitation.  We are each one called by name; from the foundation of the earth we were called by name to inherit the Kingdom of God (Matthew 25:34).

Isaiah 43:1-3

1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.  ESV

Ephesians 1:3-5

3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

4  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

5  he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, …  ESV

Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.  Zaccheaus is called by name.

Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” ESV

Mary Magdalene in John 20:11-18.  Mary was called by her name not just a general call.

John 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). ESV

Saul/Paul in Acts 9:1-18.  Saul called by name.

Acts 9:4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” ESV

Have you been called by name?

Aren’t you glad that the Lord calls us directly and specifically and not just a general easily ignored –

“Ya’ll Come back, ya’ hear!”


7 thoughts on “Ya’ll Come

  1. It is amazing how the Word of God is for all of us yet Jesus Christ calls us on an individual basis and He has called me by my name! The “whosoever” becomes our personal call to the Savior! Praise God!


    Berean Wife Reply:


    As Jesus has said not only does He know the number of our days and the hairs on our head but He calls us by name. We can trust that Someone who does all that will keep us until the end and do only what is best for us without us shedding a needless tear. Isn’t that wonderful?

    Berean Wife


    deb golderese Reply:

    Yes…more wonderful than my words could ever express. I am a Northerner like Wendy and I too am so thankful that God led me to your blog. It has been such an encouragement in my walk with my Lord and Saviour. I have shared it much with my facebook friends as well via your link. Who knows who the Holy Spirit is drawing to read these words you have written and scripture you have shared. May all that is said and done bring glory to His Name.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    Thank you for the kind words.

    We can trust the Lord to use His Words to accomplish His purpose:

    The KJV is the version in my head. 🙂

    Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. KJV

    Isaiah 55:11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. ESV

    I need to remember that my focus should be on God’s Word and not on my words, otherwise nothing of value will be accomplished. We may not see the fruit as quickly as we would like but Lord is more patient than we are, thank goodness.

    I’m clueless about facebook so feel free to share away since I couldn’t use that format.

    Thank you for the encouragement,

    Berean Wife

  2. (You’re getting really good at this format–are you going to put together a book of devotionals??!) I appreciated, as a Northerner, this lesson! I remember Porter Wagoner singing this song, and I knew what it meant, but your added explanation was most enlightening. I’m so glad that the Lord looks right at me, and in the most personal way possible, says, Come.
    Praise the Lord.
    On a more personal note: I’ve been visiting a lot of blogs on the internet lately, and I just want you to know that I am very grateful for you, and your blog. You have become a “kindred spirit” to me, and someone whose integrity I trust, and whose blog edifies and inspires. I look forward to meeting you someday, either here or in heaven–for I consider you a friend.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    You wouldn’t know how encouraging your note was. Thank you. I’m sending you an email to explain.

    Berean Wife


    Berean Wife Reply:


    Thank you for the encouragement. The Lord is faithful to provide what we need at just the right time. 🙂

    I imagine many people today don’t know about Porter Wagner and that style of music. Sorta dates us.

    Since the Lord calls us each by name that also means His promises are for each of us personally. Not just a general promise like a politician.

    Thank you Wendy. I have enjoyed the friends I’ve made since doing the website. It is nice to get other “Mary’s” out in the world who desire to glorify the Lord in all they do. When you are in Bama look me up otherwise heaven will have to do. The “Ya’ll come” still stands down here.

    Berean Wife


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