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Take My Life And Let it Be

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  Romans 12:1

Ever since I was first discipled, Romans 12:1 has been a very convicting verse for me, especially the last part that says "which is your reasonable service."  Our lives are to be living sacrifices - lives dedicated to being holy, pure and devoted to the things of God's kingdom work.  This is a very tall order to uphold but yet is expected of us to be carried out.  After all, it is our reasonable service, not our outstanding service.  God expects wholehearted devotion.  The verse was brought to my mind afresh this morning as I considered the words of the old hymn by Havergal & Malan, "Take My Life and Let It Be", now in the public domain.  We sang the song as part of our church worship and to me it was as convicting and thought provoking as ever.  In reality, the hymn should be our daily prayer to God as we set our lives in motion for Him.

Over the next several posts, I'm going to explore a section of the song more deeply.  But for this Sunday, let's merely sing and pray this song together to God as we consider how we can best devote our lives to His service, starting today.

Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879
H.A. Cesar malan, 1787-1864

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord to Thee;
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love,
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,
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,
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.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for who you are and for what you've done for me.  I pray that your words and your ways can so permeate my life that I can wholly give it to you minute by minute.  Thank you for hymns such as this that cause us to take stock of our lives and our devotion to you.  Take my hands, feet, lips and love and use them for your glory. Conform me to your image so that I can be ready for your use.  Amen.

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