Are you a hymn lover? I love to sing but not all hymns are easy tunes or enjoyable. However, the words are powerful truths. I heard a new hymn to me the other Sunday at church – “Take Time to Be Holy” by William D. Longstaff. Here are the words that spoke to me.
- Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
- Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
- Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
- Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
It made me think of my discipleship challenge to be with God daily. This hymn taught me a few key themes for my life of holiness:
- Abide in Him – speak often with God, feed on His Word, spend much time in secret with Jesus, be calm in my soul
- Trust in Him – don’t run ahead of Him, follow Him in joy or sorrow, trust His Word, give each thought and motive to His control.
This simple hymn is just as powerful in 2017 as when it was written in 1882. I struggled with the tune when we sang it. I struggled too with what the song asked of me. I have been challenged to stay in His Word and with Him daily. I hope you are finding that time this summer. It’s a great thing to strive for.