“Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.” (1)
What are our members? They are the instruments of our body, our hands, feet, lips, and voice. Even our soul, mind, will and heart belong to the Lord. Why do we present them as instruments of righteousness? Because Jesus claims ownership over us – He paid a high price…His death on a cross for us all because He loves us. So now we live for Him. When we truly know God, and His attributes we understand He desires our best. He will look out for us! As we come to know His character, then we readily submit ourselves to Him, then blessings follow and we avoid the eroding effects of sin. Walking with God by loving and serving Him, is far greater than the erroneous pitfalls.
Frances Ridley Havergal (2) was totally convinced of God’s absolutes, His presence, and power in and through her life. As a result, she sat down and penned the most devoted words to a simple song, conveying her life and dedication to the Lord.
The song, “Take my life and let it be.” Became a well-known and popular song sung in the churches. Later in life she wrote a book called “Kept for the Master’s use.” She used the words from this song, “Take my life and let it be”, and exchanged the word “take” for “keep”. “Keep my life and let it be…consecrated, Lord, to Thee.” The original word “take” was an expression of a complete surrender to the Lord to use all the instruments of her body for a “present” use. Take my hands, feet, voice, lips, mind, will, and heart and use them daily for You, Lord, were her expressions. It gave a picture of God’s Spirit moving in her body through her members to accomplish His purposes. Her mind, heart and will were freely yielded to God to go where He sent her to go, and do what He told her to do, each and every day of her existence.
Then this change of one little word brought a deeper meaning into the song and book. My hands, feet, voice, lips, mind, will, heart are kept by the Lord. They are kept and preserve for the future, adding the expression, “forever His” all the way into eternity! God will maintain these instruments as they are willingly surrendered to Him for His glory. They are bound in His fear and love. As you read the words to Frances’ song, picture-taking your life – this day, and surrender it fully to the Lord, giving Him complete control. Then commit to the Lord a keeping of your life, from this day forward into eternity to be His instruments for righteousness. He will receive and keep you forever!
Take My Life and Let it Be
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless 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.
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be 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.
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.
Take my love, my Lord; I pour at Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, ALL for Thee.
O Lord make me a servant humble and meek. Help me to see the needs in others this week. Use my hands to bring a meal to someone ill, may my feet run swiftly an errand for the one You put in my path, I give my lips to pray for the needs of another, and my voice to exalt Your name. Take my mind, heart and soul and use them as You please to bring You glory. Thank You for giving me opportunity to use my life as instruments for praise. Amen