May…

11 Aug

the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.

May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.

~ Kate Barclay Wilkinson, 1913

I’ve never heard this hymn sung, but a missionary friend recently had it printed on his prayer card and I was so blessed by it.

There is so much work to be done in my heart. So much that I desire to be for Him, but it can only be done if His mind is my mind. If His word is being heard and done.

I was challenged by this passage in James chapter one this morning.

 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

James 1:22-25

I don’t want His precious Word to go in one ear and out the other, so to speak. I want it to settle deep in my heart, deep enough to challenge, convict and change me. Enough to spur me to living It out daily.

I need His Word if peace is to rule in my heart replacing the worry mentioned in my last post. I need His love for I am most unlovely in myself. I need to look only unto Jesus if I’m to run well. I need His beauty because the sinfulness of my heart will hinder anything productive from being accomplished especially when it comes to helping sinners find the Savior.

May my Loving Lord do what only He can with my mind, my heart, my life so that others see only Him.

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