Take The World, But Give Me Jesus

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!


Linda said...

Beautiful, Stephanie. Have a lovely Sunday. Blessings

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, the mercies of his love go so deep and are renewed every day, praise God! Wonderful post,Stephanie!

Sylvia said...

Stephanie, I don't why my post said anonymous!

hobbyloes said...

Beautiful post Stephanie.
Today our pastor said that a life without Jesus is nothing and worthless.
Have a blessed Sunday.

My Garden Diaries said...

Exactly what I needed today! Those words combined with those beautiful blooms! A blessed day to you sweet lady! Nicole xo

Unknown said...

Hello from Spain: nice words. Great flowers. Happy Sunday.We keep in touch

mamasmercantile said...

A beautiful post, uplifting with gorgeous pictures.

Visits With Mary said...

Beautiful words, beautiful pictures. Hope your SonDay is happy and blessed!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Amen! I'm JUST sitting on my deck doing my study on Mark that our women's group is beginning and reading through Chapter 8! Being reminded Jesus is the Provider and I need to set my mind on Him. Every time I question His plan it's as if I like Peter am rebuking Him!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie, as always I love your beautiful photography...how precious of God to give us such beauty! And what beautiful words (even from someone blind at birth) who truly "saw" the beauty of Jesus over anything the world could offer. Given recent events, this post is particularly precious, because all we have is Jesus...and yet He is all we ever need! We had a very special sermon this morning with encouragement from our pastor, and it truly blessed our hearts deeply. May you have a glorious Sunday, dear friend! You've blessed us all once again...praise God! Hugs!

Celestina Marie said...

Beautiful Stephanie, just beautiful and your words so perfect for this very moment in time. Your photos always bring joy and your spirit is precious to us all.
Wishing you a special Sunday.
Blessings, cm

Wanda said...

If only our National Leaders would live this wonderful hymn....our Nation could begin some healing.

Music.....what a blessing to the soul.

Have a great Sunday, my dear Stephanie....love and hugs

Anonymous said...

Very precious words from so long ago that are so appropriate for today. Your photos are so beautiful. Stephanie, it's always a pleasure to visit with you. May God richly bless your Sunday.

silverfeather said...

Oh my...truer words never spoken. Just loved the pretty flower pictures, Stephanie! Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Sola Scriptura said...

Lovely post and beautiful pictures!

Debbie Harris said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. Those pansies were stunning as they smiled at the camera.
You have a way of bringing your photos to life, Stephanie.

Precious words, and so very true. All we need is Jesus, praise the Lord! But the world needs Jesus and we are to share it with them.

Beautiful post Stephanie!
Enjoy the rest of your day ~

domenica.60 said...

Beautiful post for my Sunday!
Nice to meet you on Etsy : now I'm your follower!
Franca (Creazioni di Do')

Wanda said...

Stephanie ~ our Pastor gave us a word of encouragement this morning on the recent court decision.

He quoted Jesus saying Like the days of Noah and the days of Sodom and Gamorrah....This the Son of Man will return to claim his own.... Pastor said...cheer up...His coming must be around the corner. So Watch and PRAY....SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH EVERYONE YOU MEET, AND BE STRONG WHENN PERSECUTION COMES....GOD IS IN CONTROL..... AMEN AND Amen.

Sue said...

So encouraging for my Sunday evening, Stephanie! Jesus truly is the sweetest comfort of my soul through all my circumstances!

Mari said...

A beautiful post, and most appreciated this week!

Jeanna said...

Lovely message Stephanie. Your blog is always so very uplifting.

Marilyn Mathis said...

Such gorgeous pansies. I really love the old songs and appreciate so much your posting them. The words have so much meaning. Your posts are always a blessing and inspiration to me. Hugs

annie said...

A lovely post, the photos are beautiful!

Sarah A. said...

It has been years since I sang this song...it is one of my favorites but just one we never got around to singing in church. Until today!!! So it blessed my heart to sing it in service, and then i close out my evening with this beautiful post. What glorious photos, and such a special and true hymn. It holds some bittersweet memories, yet the words still speak to me in a precious way. The Lord allowed you to write this this very weekend, my friend! Praise Him. :)


Barbara Neubeck said...

... a beautiful hymn and gorgeous pansies...
Thank you for this post Stephanie.....
Hugs... Barb xxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And may the rest of YOUR week be equally blessed dearest Stephanie! Oh how there are so many distractions and even more these days that are trying to keep our minds and souls distracted, but may HIS LOVE conquer our tendancies! Much love to you dearest Stephanie! Anita

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie, your flower pictures are simply the best. I thought that bright pink one looked a lot like the colors in the bouquet that I just posted. I always love your Sunday posts and appreciate them so much.

Have a blessed week, dear Stephanie.

love, ~Sheri

God's Grace Overflows said...

Beautiful, simply Beautiful Stephanie!

I absolutely LOVE Pansies! They are my most favorite flower ever.

How are you? I have been so busy, I haven't been on at all. It's nice to stop by and see how you are and read and catch up on your posts.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

Hugs, Amy

lynn cockrell said...

I love Pansies and your Sunday post is beautiful. Life would not be worth living if it were not for Jesus Christ and all that He has done for me!

Conniecrafter said...

you worded that perfectly, we must have that balance, reminds me of a couple in our church that is now living in Bulgaria and they have started a church and they are building their congregation by just going out and making friends with people and one of the ladies said you both always seem so happy and everyone around me is always so sad, she said I want to know about this God that makes you happy with life and to me that speaks volumes!

Sunshine Country said...

Beautiful--Fanny Crosby's hymns are some of my favorites. Thanks for sharing this here!

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