This past week, I was doing a Hymn Bible study, and one of the days focused on the hymn “Take My Life and Let It Be.” And before you stop reading because this post is focused on an old hymn, please hear me out. I had only heard the first line of this hymn before because it’s in a contemporary worship song, but the actual hymn is so much better and is a beautiful prayer to sing to God. Here, read these lyrics:
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless 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…
The hymn keeps going through each and every part of us and our lives, offering it all up as a sacrifice to our Heavenly Father. It’s a song of beautiful, all-encompassing surrender to our King, and it’s something that we should be declaring daily. It’s a song declaring that we are completely and only God’s, and everything that he has blessed us with we are offering up in surrender to him. Later in the song, it says “Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for thee” and that’s something that cannot be taken lightly. But we need to give our everything to God. Our life, moments, days, hands, feet, voice, lips, silver, gold, intellect, will, heart, love, and ourselves—our everything.
One of my graduation gifts from my grandparents was a side-by-side NIV and The Message Bible. I had never really used The Message before until we started using it in youth group a few months ago, and I love being able to see the Bible verses I’ve read my whole life in a new light. In Romans 12:1 in The Message Paul says,
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.”
Isn’t that worded so practically? “Take your everyday, ordinary life and place it before God as an offering.” Your life doesn’t have to look spectacular to give it to God. You don’t have to go into ministry to completely offer yourself to our Father. HE WANTS YOU AS YOU ARE RIGHT NOW. He wants your faults, flaws, and failures. He just wants you to know him. He doesn’t care if you’re a mess, because who am I kidding? I’m a mess. We all are. But he still loves me and you just as much as he loves each and every one of his children. The second part of the verse says that when we EMBRACE what God does for us, he is pleased. He loves it when we realize how he’s working in our lives. He wants us to realize that he has a great plan for our lives and all we need to do is embrace him and his will.
Let your prayer be simple today:
Father, Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee. Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for thee. Amen.
Chris Tomlin sings this hymn so beautifully and I’d encourage you to listen to the whole thing as you reflect on whether or not you have completely surrendered your life to God or if you’re still holding back parts you don’t want him to have control of.