Take My Life And Let It Be
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 from Thee;
Take my silver and my gold, Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in endless praise;
Take my intellect and use, Every pow'r 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.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour, At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself and I will be, Ever, only, all for Thee.
It is easy to justify not doing so by simply calling ourselves a "work-in-progress". We'll get there eventually. You know what? I think it's time for an attitude adjustment. I think we need to stop being satisfied with "someday" or "eventually" and change it to "I want to do this now, not in the future but now." God wants all of me now and I think the only way that is going to happen is for me to offer up my whole self as a living sacrifice not someday but now .
God does not want me to wait until I'm perfect because it is impossible for me to do. Rather, God wants me in all of my broken, ruined and soiled state so that He can consume me with His fire and from the ashes I will emerge exactly the way He intended me to be.
Take myself and I will be, Ever, only, all for Thee.May this be the cry of all of our hearts.
Oh the beauty and wonder of Jesus. He will take what we give Him, as we are... broken and messed up as that might be. But He will NOT kidnap us, snap us up. We have to come to Him.
Since the eating of the apple, all humankind has sought to have control over our lives. Maybe not complete control, but at least some bit that we can call our own. I guess that's what we'd call "human nature". At an intellectual level, many of us come to realize that we need to "give it all to God" (and for God).
BUT, if I could just keep this sliver of control for myself here, or be left to my own there.... It's so much easier to stick to a rigid diet or give up heavy smoking cold turkey that to give up that sliver of control.
We will always be "works-in-progress". But the key word here is "progress", moving forward, growing closer. So long as we are making progress, not swapping a bit of control here for one there or regressing, or rebelliously keeping some parts "off limits" to God, He will take what we give to Him... messed up and broken as we are.
I can relate to your impatience with life. I want to do something big and grand for the Kingdom of God. Maybe my definition of big and grand are different than His though, and that scares me. I know that God is working in me, I can look over my past and see how I have grown and matured but I think to myself, "I've got to hurry, I've got to get busy, there has got to be more for me, I know it!" and then I'm afraid I miss the beauty of now. However, I am glad that I always want more of Him, that I am not content with the present, that I want to do EVERYTHING that He has for me. I'm going to stop now because I could go on and on. I just wanted to say, yay, I understand. :)
I started to go to bed about an hour ago...it's 1:04 a.m. as I'm writing this. However, the words of this beautiful song kept burning in my heart and mind. Then I remembered that I thought I wrote a blog on this once.
I rummaged around and found this from last March. I found a video of the song on Youtube and I've been sitting here for nearly an hour just listening...and praying as these words burn in my heart.
I've added the video clip. May this always be the cry of our heart!