I love listening to Christian/Gospel music. I find it comforting, edifying, and one aspect of my daily worship to God.
I was recently listening to a song by William McDowell “I Give Myself Away.” Part of the song goes:
I Give Myself Away, So You Can Use Me
I have sung the song many times, and am moved every time. I sing it with passion and with genuine desire to be used by God. During my most recent songfest, I started pondering the word “give.”
Merriam-Webster defines the word “give” as to make a present of; to accord; to yield; to offer; to bestow. When you give a “gift” to someone, it no longer belongs to you. You (the giver) no long have any power or say in how, or in what manner the gift is used. All of the power concerning the “gift” belongs to the receiver.
If we substitute the above ideas into the song, we get something like:
I yield, bestow, and offer my life to you God;
You God alone have all the power or say concerning my life; and
You God alone have all the power and say concerning the way in which my life will be
When you give yourself to God your life is no longer your own. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me… Galatians 2:20 KJV. The way in which you live your life is now dictated by God, through His word. The purpose for your life is revealed by God, through prayer.
The beauty of giving yourself to God, is that you are giving yourself:
During our lifetimes we will give and receive many things. It is revealing that the greatest gift you can give and can receive at the same time, is to give your life to Christ and receive all of His many promises.
I Give Myself Away can be heard here: I Give Myself Away – William McDonald
Blessings To You
Janice Caldwell, Professional Life Coach
Associate Certified Coach, ICF