Monday, May 12, 2008

Take My Moments and My Days

In my reading of "The Home Beautiful" by J.R. Miller, today's chapter was about being a Christian on weekdays and not just on Sundays. Miller says this about devoting every aspect of our lives to God's service:

We are too apt to imagine that holiness consists of mere good feeling toward God. It does not: it consists in obedience in heart and life to the divine requirements. To be holy is, first, to be set apart for God and devoted to God's service; but if we are set apart for God in this sense, it necessarily follows that we must live for God. We belong wholly to Him, and any use of our life in any other service is sacrilege, as if one would rob the very altar of its smoking sacrifice to gratify one's common hunger.

Our hands are God's, and can fitly be used only in doing His work; our feet are God's, and may be employed only in walking in His ways and running His errands; our lips are God's, and should speak words only that honor Him and bless others; our hearts are God's, and must not be profaned by thoughts and affections that are not pure.

This total consecration of our lives to God reminded me of the hymn "Take My Life and Let It Be" by Frances Ridley Havergal:

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

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.
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 from Thee.
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Lord, let all my life flow in ceaseless praise to You. Use my hands, my feet, my lips, my heart, my intellect, and my resources to glorify You and bless others.

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