Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

Learning from Song - Living for Jesus (2)

Two weeks ago we studied the first three stanzas of the song written by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm in 1917. Let’s look at the last verse and then the refrain/chorus.
Verse 4: “Living for Jesus through earth’s little while, My dearest treasure, the light of His smile; Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem, Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.”
Every picture given, every metaphor used of our life on this earth shows the brevity of it. Whether “a tale that is told” (Psalm 90:9), “few days and full of sorrow” or “He comes forth like a flower and fades away” or “a vapour that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away” (James 4:14), all shed forth this sobering truth. And these cited are just a very few of the many ways this is done. So it matters not what trials we face, what heartaches we endure, how many physical tragedies come our way, earth’s existence for us is just “a little while.” Paul taught us how to view the troubles and sorrows of life perfectly when he wrote, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Cor. 4:16-18). A few verses past this he reminds us that “We walk by faith, and not by sight” (II Cor. 5:7).
When we consider all that God and His Son have sacrificed for us that we might live eternally in a place called Heaven, we should never seek to do anything except that which will cause Him to be able to say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matt. 25:21). The weary can only find rest in Him (Matt. 11:28-30). Let each of us do what we can to bring them to receive that rest.
Finally we print the refrain. I don’t believe it needs any further comment.

O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.

Paul M. Wilmoth