2020-05-24 Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated-Sanctuary

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The prolific British hymnwriter Frances Ridley Havergal wrote this hymn on February 4, 1874. 

“I went for a little visit of five days to Areley House,” she explained.  “There were ten persons in the house, some unconverted and long prayed for, some converted but not rejoicing Christians. He gave me the prayer, ‘Lord, give me all in this house!’ And He just did! Before I left the house everyone had got a blessing. The last night of my visit I was too happy to sleep, and passed most of the night in praise and renewal of my own consecration, and these little couplets formed themselves and chimed in my heart one after another, till they finished with, ‘Ever, Only, ALL for Thee!’”

As Frances wrote the words, she capitalized ALL.

Two months earlier, she had made a complete surrender of herself to Christ and experienced “the blessedness of true consecration.” She wrote: “I just yielded myself to Him, and utterly trusted Him to keep me.”

One of the lines of this hymn says, “Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.” In 1878, 4 years after writing this hymn, Frances wrote a friend: “The Lord has shown me another little step, and, of course, I have taken it with extreme delight. ‘Take my silver and my gold’ now means shipping off all my ornaments to the Church Missionary House, including a jewel cabinet that is really fit for a countess, where all will be accepted and disposed of for me… Nearly fifty articles are being packed up. I don’t think I ever packed a box with such pleasure.”

The Bible tells us that God looks for those with this kind of total commitment.
Remember that He has given you everything. That you owe everything to Him. And He has given you opportunities to serve Him. Commit your life to Him anew. Let Him do great things through you!

William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen, Great Songs of Faith, 1995

https://thescottspot.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/take-my-life-and-let-it-be-written-in-1874/

https://inspiration.org/daily-devotional/take-my-life/

20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

Philippians 1:20-21 (NLT)

12 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)

It seems so fitting that this beautiful hymn has been paired with a more modern chorus, Sanctuary, written by Randy Scruggs in 1982. My prayer for you is that as you read these words and listen to the music that you will surrender every part of your thoughts, words, and actions to God.

Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless 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, prepare me to be a sanctuary,
pure and holy, tried and true;
with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
sanctuary for you.

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell