Sunday, November 23, 2008

Not I , but Christ...

Not I, but Christ be honored, loved, exalted,
Not I, but Christ be seen, be known and heard;
Not I, but Christ in every look and action,
Not I, but Christ in every thought and word.

Oh, to be saved from myself,
dear Lord,Oh, to be lost in Thee,
Oh, that it may be no more I,
But Christ that lives in me.

Not I, but Christ to gently soothe in sorrow,
Not I, but Christ to wipe the falling tear;
Not I, but Christ to lift the weary burden,
Not I, but Christ to hush away all fear.

Christ, only Christ, no idle word e'er falling,
Christ, only Christ, no needless bustling sound;
Christ, only Christ, no self-important bearing,
Christ, only Christ, no trace of I be found.

Not I, but Christ my every need supplying,
Not I, but Christ my strength and health to be;
Christ, only Christ, for spirit, soul, and body,
Christ, only Christ, live then Thy life in me.

Christ, only Christ, ere long will fill my vision,
Glory excelling soon, full soon I'll see;
Christ, only Christ, my every wish fulfilling,
Christ, only Christ, my all in all to be.

by Mrs. A.A. Whiddington (19th Century)

This is one of my favorite hymns. I was reminded of it this it came up in our Bible study. Elizabeth George also read a poem that went something like this...
"Say NO not only to the wrong and sinful...
but to the pleasant, profitable and good...
If it clogs our chief duty grand and glorious."

She continues to challenge my heart with becoming a woman after God's own heart by making daily time, focusing on my daily walk, with a daily desire for His Word.

"Good. Better. Best.
Never let it rest...
Until your good is better...
And your better best."

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