Where is my time spent? What do I take time for? How do I use my time?
Is it wisely spent in time with God? If I am honest, my answer is most often “no.”
But if I look at the words of this hymn, and truly take them to heart, my time will be spent differently.
I need to be dedicating more time to spending with God, spending it in His word, reading the Bible, praying, and praising. I want to do as God desires. I want to be “fitted for service above.” I want to be following Jesus, whether in good or bad, to have that faith that shows me that my time spent with him “in secret” has strengthened me to face the trials of the world.
So, as this day moves forward I will strive to do what these lyrics implore me to – take time, speak often with God, be IN him and feed on His word. These are my goals for this week. What are yours?
Take Time To Be Holy
lyrics: William D. Longstaff (1887)
music: George C. Stebbins (1890)
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.