Friday, December 08, 2006

Only what’s done for Christ will last


Two little lines I heard one day,
Travelling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life and it will soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in that day my Lord to meet,
And stand before His judgment seat;
Only one life and it will soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me, Father, a purpose deep,
In joy, or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life and it will soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

This poem helps to remind me of the most important things in this life. I firmly believe that God's work is the most important work but there are times when I forget this truth and substitute what is divine for my own ideas, plans and goals....How silly of me!

4 comments:

Colin Lamm said...

I've tried twice already today to leave a response to this posting (The word verification previously refused to activate).I remember reading the last two lines of each verse in a series of Spurgeon's sermons years ago, and have searched to no avail since then to get the right wording. Needless to say, I really appreciate the fact that you have posted them. It really puts everything into its proper perspective.

Shannon said...

Colin,

You know, I've been having problems with the verification as well. I thought perhaps it was a browser issue on my end. I now realize it isn't. I'll have to investigate.

This poem really does put everything in perspective for me. It is my favorite one. It encourages me to engage divine opportunities in life!

Anonymous said...

I believe that the original words were from C.T. Studd's poem, which contains can be found by googling the words, "Only one life will..."

Anonymous said...

These are some powerful words. I have done years of kindness for a family member in Jamaica. On Thursday morning driving to work on I20 in Georgia, I was on the phone with this family member. She trampled on the years of kindness with just a few words. For years I knew that everthing that I was doing for this person, I did them because I left that I was obligated to do it because I am a child of God. In that moment on I20, Thursday morning, a van drove pass me in my left lane. The doors of the van carried those words. 'ONLY WHATS DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST' Needless to say, I felt at peace. Given the opportunity, I would do it all again, maybe a bit different, but I would do it all again. I Give God the Glory.