When I was growing up, I learned to play the piano mostly from some old hymnals. Those hymnals hold many memories and are true treasures to me. As a result, the lyrics from a hymn or a simple melody pop in my head quite often throughout the day.
Today, Take Time to Be Holy has been on my mind quite a bit. This hymn is just a simple little tune with simple lyrics. And while they are simple, the lyrics are commands that we should strive to heed each and every day.
I find this line in verse 2 to be fascinating to think on: “Take time to be holy, the world rushes on.”
The ‘world rushes on’ now, just as it did in 1882 when this hymn was written. While the world is unpredictable as time marches on, Jesus is never changing. He is steadfast and stable.
He is the same now as He was in the beginning.
Another thing that sticks out at me: we must take the time to be holy. We must work at being holy with intentional effort. I will never be like Christ if I just go through my day and never acknowledge Him or read my Bible or come to Him in prayer. It takes work to be like Jesus.
There is no effort more worthy of my time and energy.
Lord, as I go about my week mothering, homeschooling, discipling, and keeping our home, help me to live by this “guide.” Help me take time to be holy, because You are worthy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Words by William D. Longstaff (1882)