January 17–Take Time…and Thought…and Energy…and Action…To Be Holy!

 The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.'”

Leviticus 19:1-2

There is an old hymn named, “Take Time To Be Holy.” It is now given over to the Public Domain (so I could legally post the words below!). When I looked up the lyrics on-line, two men with two different dates were listed: William D. Longstaff as the author of the hymn’s words in 1882 and George C. Stebbins as the composer of the hymn’s music in 1890. Not much more information was really given about them except that the reference to the Leviticus Scripture passage above was cited as an inspirational verse for the writing of this song. Thank You, God, for speaking to us through your Living and Active Word (Hebrews 4:12)!

Coming home from church today, this old hymn kept going through my mind. We hadn’t sung it in the church service, but the focus of today’s message was about true, heart worship of our Holy, Almighty LORD—worship that is acceptable to the One who has given us life and breath…and eternal life through our Savior Jesus.

We each need to take time to be holy. Take time to truly live our lives in a worshipful, holy way that will reflect the holy character of our Sovereign God. So, read, pray, think about the words to this song:

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.

So, read, pray, think about the words to this song—again.  And may we each do something about it. May we each now choose to take time to be holy. Take Time…and Thought…and Energy…and Action…To Be Holy! Take time to be like our Holy, Almighty LORD—who loves us in unfailing, sacrificial, perfect and everlasting ways!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane