"I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold,
I'd rather be His than have riches untold;
I'd rather have Jesus than houses or land,
I'd rather be led by His nail pierced hand:
I'd rather have Jesus than men's applause,
I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I'd rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,
I'd rather be true to His holy name:
He's fairer than lilies of rarest bloom,
He's sweeter than honey from out of the comb;
He's all that my hungering spirit needs -
I'd rather have Jesus and let Him lead:
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin's dread sway!
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today."
~ Mrs. Rhea F. Miller ~
"The power that this song has had in influencing and changing lives for God
will be fully evaluated only in eternity.
There are countless testimonies by individuals whose lives have been changed
by the singing of this one hymn:
A thousand grim marines sat on a South Pacific Island, during the days of World War II,
listening to a gospel message punctuated with gunfire in the distance.
When the chaplain sat down, a marine stood to his feet to sing the closing hymn.
As the shell-scarred palms swayed nearby, more than half of that company came forward
to profess faith in Christ as their Savior.
The marine soloist, a former opera singer, had just concluded
"I'd Rather Have Jesus . . ."'
~ 101 More Hymn Stories - Kenneth W. Osbeck ~
"For me to live is Christ,
and to die is gain."
~ Philippians 1:21 ~
Have a blessed Lord's Day!