Take my life

take my life

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.

havergal_fr3This hymn of consecration was written in the Christmas season, after Frances Ridley Havergal, its author, had spent several days living in a house with ten other people. Some were not Christians at all, and others were uncommitted ones. Frances prayed, “Lord, give me all in this house,” – words that sound unusual to us today. This happened as the result of an experience Frances had earlier, in which she made a fresh consecration of herself to the Lord, following the reading of a book called All for Jesus . She said she had seen, as a flash of electric light, the necessity of full surrender to Jesus. Frances worked at witnessing to the ten people in that house, and was excited to find, at the end of the visit, that all had become fully committed Christians. She then sat down and wrote this lovely song.

Some years later, Frances was moved by her own words to stop singing in secular concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra, using her beautiful voice, and to sing only for directly religious purposes. Later, she was again motivated to give almost all her “silver and gold” to a church missionary society, keeping only two items that had special family significance.

The Consecration Hymn , as it is sometimes called, has surely inspired thousands of Christians over the years since 1874 to devote themselves, their talents and their possessions to God’s purposes for His Kingdom. We would all do well to frequently re-evaluate its meaning for us individually – a meaning that may change at different stages of our lives.

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S.A. SONG BOOK, 2015 EDITION, #623; 1987 EDITION, #525

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