...i looked around the large room filled with people of different races, different cultures, speaking different languages and of all ages...i watched a young man from India stand in the second row, his legs bouncing back and forth to the beat of the music, his hands raised high above his head in adoration of Jesus. Of Yeshua. Of our Abba. i listened to the music, to the words, worshiping our faithful Father in all of His glorious splender. i stood in awe of His mercy, His divine intervention and direction, i listened to the words and repeated them to myself, saying them to Him...
Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days, 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.
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 might would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use every power as you choose.
Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for thee.
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 your feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee,
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee.
Here am I, All of me.
Take my life, It's all for thee.
Such powerful words, such real truth. I remember singing this at Capernwray, standing up when the verse about what we knew would be truly hard for us to let go, what we knew we had to, and what we wanted to. it was powerful, something Sue did very well. the man today talked of many things, including the truth of it's not about us, it's all about Jesus. We, as Christians, can stand in our small space that's "comfortable" and where we "feel close" to Jesus and then have to come into the "real world" to interact with others. But it's not true, our walk, our relationship with Christ must become a part of who we are and what we do...we must intertwine our walk with Him with our interaction with others. It's powerful. Some of us feel called to the mission field and some will go, some will not...some will raise money and go to Africa for a few months but i do not think that is what He wants. He wants a deep and intimate relationship with Him and in that and through that He will lead us where He can use us best if we are open to it. How beautiful. Just a few random thoughts that He brought to my mind while I wrote...
Also, Spiro, I spent the night with one of the people I have been asking Jesus to help me love and it was strange because I knew HE was working on me...and somehow it wasn't as hard to love her when I saw that through loving Him, I must love her. Thank you Spiro for that comment...