Growing up, I attended First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie, Texas. FBCGP is where I trusted Jesus at seven, surrendered to the ministry at fourteen, and got married at twenty-one.
Legend has it (it sounds cooler to say it this way because I certainly don’t remember this), it was on the balcony where I pretended to play the piano or conduct the music on the ledge. A prominent local musician saw it and encouraged my folks to enroll me in piano lessons, which they did, and I took lessons in the FBCGP Music Academy for over fourteen years.
Suffice it to say; First Grand Prairie had an integral role in making me who I am today. I was in their daycare or after-school program for about ten years, part of the youth group for seven, and even returned to teach in the daycare years later.
It was at FBCGP when I first heard “Living for Jesus,” a hymn we sang––a lot––during the invitation. In fact, I “walked the aisle” as they sang “Living for Jesus,” written by Thomas Obediah Chisholm in 1917 and performed by Jim Guthrie eleventy-billion times throughout my childhood.
As you aim to live like Jesus this week, consider the words of Chisholm:
Living for Jesus a life that is true,
striving to please him in all that I do,
yielding allegiance glad-hearted and free
this is the pathway of blessing for me.
Living for Jesus, who died in my place,
bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace:
such love constrains me to answer his call,
follow his leading, and give him my all.
Living for Jesus wherever I am,
doing each duty in his holy name,
seeking the lost ones he died to redeem,
bringing the weary to find rest in him.
O Jesus, Lord and Savior,
I give myself to you,
for you in your atonement
did give yourself for me.
I own no other master
my heart shall be your throne:
my life I give, henceforth to live,
O Christ, for you alone.
Look over that last refrain one more time and let that be your aim this week: no other master, your heart & life given to live for Christ alone. Live for Jesus this week, my friends, and live for God’s glory alone.