Hymns can do a number of different things for the singer or the listener. They all seem to do one thing the same, though – exhortation. Whether it be an exhortation of warning or one of encouragement, it seems like almost of all hymns have this element. Sometimes, the exhortation is both warning and encouragement. This hymn does a bit of both.
Encouragement to live the way God calls His children to live is found throughout each of the verses and the refrain. There are specific actions mentioned – “Render not to any other what long the Lord’s should be,” or “Give Him all thou hast to give.” But there are some not so specific ones also – “Live for Jesus.”
However this encouragement is looked at, please do “live for Jesus” and we will have the blessings that He offers those following Him – “endless bliss” according to the lyrics of this hymn.
Lori, At Home.
Live For Jesus, O My Brother
words: E. R. Latta
music: Frank M Davis
1. Live for Jesus, O my brother,
His disciple ever be;
Render not to any other,
What alone the Lord’s should be.
Live for Jesus, live for Jesus;
Give Him all thou hast to give;
On the cross the world’s Redeemer
Gave His life that Thou mightst live.
2. Live for Jesus, wandering sinner,
Under Satan serve no more;
Of the promised prize a winner
Thou may’st be, when life is o’er. [Refrain]
3. Live for Jesus in life’s morning;
At the noontide hour be His;
And at eve, when day is turning,
And inherit endless bliss. [Refrain]