For what shall it profit a man,
if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
- Mark 8:36, 37 -
Take the world, but give me Jesus - All its joys are but a name;
but His love abideth ever, thru eternal years the same.
Take the world, but give me Jesus - Sweetest comfort of my soul;
with my Savior watching o'er me, I can sing tho billows roll.
Take the world, but give me Jesus - Let me view His constant smile;
then throughout my pilgrim journey light will cheer me all the while.
Take the world, but give me Jesus - In His cross my trust shall be;
till, with clearer, brighter vision, face to face my Lord I see.
O the height and depth of mercy!
O the length and breadth of love!
O the fullness of redemption -
Pledge of endless life above!
- Fanny J. Crosby -
Worldliness can be described as anything that tends to draw us away from God
and limits us from being all that He wants us to be.
Separation from the world, however, does not mean that we are to live in isolation
from individuals within the world, whether they be saint or sinner.
We cannot represent our Lord if we remain aloof from the needs of those around us.
There must always be that fine balance in our lives between a closeness
and total commitment to Christ and an availability
and helpful contact with those our everyday world.
A Christian's goal in life is to "cease from sin."
Although it is true that we will never achieve a sinless perfection until we reach heaven,
this should never keep us from striving and saying with Fanny J. Crosby,
"Take the world, but give me Jesus."
Like the blind poetess, the goal of someday having a "clearer, brighter vision"
when we see our Lord face to face makes the struggles of this life all worthwhile.
- Amazing Grace - KennethW. Osbeck -
For to me to live is Christ,
and to die is gain.
- Philippians 1:21 -
May your Sunday be extra blessed, dear friends!