Wednesday, August 25, 2010
One of the resources I use for my quiet time is a devotional abort hymns. It is not one I always go to by on days I need a bit more "inspiration" than my usual devos, I go and see what God might have for me. Today these lyrics came up:
"Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee; take
my voice and let me sing always only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages for Thee; take my silver and my gold—
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my love—my God, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store; take myself—and I will be ever,
only, all for Thee, ever, only, all for thee."*
Then I saw this on a friend's Twitter. "Christians don't tell lies they just go to church and sing them." ~ A.W. Tozer. Perhaps God is trying to tell me something. I mean I think that I have sung these words a lot. I wonder how many times I really meant them. I mean am I really striving to ever only be all for Jesus? Seems like there is a lot more all for me than all for thee in my life. If we live all for Jesus lives, they would be different. We would put others first. We would be humble. We wouldn't worry so much about having things. Unfortunately, we aren't ever only all for Him. too often we get caught up in all for me attitudes.
Laying everything down for Christ is hard. The Bible is full of people who started off gung-ho about serving Jesus. Matthew 8 speaks of two of these. One disciple who said I will go home with you and Jesus quickly told him that He was homeless. Another wanted to bury His father. Jesus said if he was serious he wouldn't worry about that. Two pretty huge sacrifices were challenged there. I think all too often we say, "I'll go and do whatever you want" while not REALLY meaning it.
My prayer today is that I would mean those things. I want more of Jesus in my life. I want to be strong enough to give up what I have for him without counting the cost. That may take awhile and truthfully, the reality of those words scare me. I do want Christ to be in me. I do want to be living all for Him. I can say that now but wonder what will happen if sacrifice is truly upon me.
So, I continue to pray and seek. I trust that I am growing in Christ daily. I pray that He will help me live a life where I can sing "ever only all for thee" without a hint of hypocrisy,
*Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1990), 256.