Give me Jesus!
In 1879, Frances “Fanny” Crosby published the hymn “Give me Jesus.” The great scriptural truths penned about Jesus and the author’s desire to fully be consumed with Him, encourage us to remember that nothing else really matters in comparison to an intimate and close relationship with Christ throughout our life and into eternity.
I can recall many times enthusiastically singing the words of this hymn, desiring more of my Savior, but somehow the words that flow out so easily are harder to actually live out. Today if you were to give a synopsis of your life would it “take the world but give me JESUS” or would your life song be “take Jesus but give me _________.”
As believers, we know that Christ desires that close, intimate, real and personal walk with him. He longs to be center in our lives, the guiding light, Lord overall. Why is it in a world so temporal and fleeting we can push Christ to one side as we begin to pursue other things? The apostle Paul is a great reminder of a person fully consumed with Jesus as he wrote:
Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ
Even if our struggles are not with material or temporal things, as believers we can sometimes be caught up in the danger of “Christian living” without much intimacy with Christ. It is possible to think we are good Christians when we cross off all the required boxes. We go to meetings, read our bibles, pray, have Christian friends, and hang verses on our walls. We know what we are safe and ready for heaven, but the depths of a true and meaningful walk with Jesus is more theory then reality.
I recently was struck reading the words of one author who asked:
“The critical question for our generation – and for every generation – is this: if you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?”
Could that be a reality for many of us? What does that teach me about myself? Could I be satisfied just knowing I am not in Hell even if Christ was not there?
Wherever you find yourself today, take some time to reflect on how close you are to Christ, how meaningful He is to you and how much you truly desire Him. One of the biggest errors as a Christian is to loose sight that truly our whole Christian experience is to be fully consumed with Him. May the Lord help us today to live out “Take the world but give me Jesus.”
Enjoy Him today!
Kyle Wilson is commended with his wife to full time service in Nicaragua, from the assembly that meets in Carleton Gospel Hall, Vancouver. He is in fellowship in the assembly in El Valle, and has three young children.