Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | October 20, 2008

Our Selves kept for Jesus

‘Keep my self, that I may be
Ever, only, all for Thee.’

I know that whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever.  Therefore we may rejoicingly say ‘ever’ as well as ‘only’ and ‘all for Thee!’  For the Lord is our Keeper, and He is the Almighty and the Everlasting God, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  He will never change His mind about keeping us, and no man is able to pluck us out of His hand.  Neither will Christ let us pluck ourselves out of His hand, for He says, ‘Thou shalt abide for Me many days.’  And He that keepeth us will not slumber.  Once having undertaken His vineyard, He will keep it night and day, till all the days and nights are over, and we know the full meaning of the salvation ready to be revealed in the last time, unto which we are kept by His power.
And then, for ever for Him!  passing from the gracious keeping by faith for this little while, to the glorious keeping in His presence for all eternity!  For ever fulfilling the object for which He formed us and chose us, we showing forth His praise, and He showing the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us in the ages to come!  He for us, and we for Him for ever!  Oh, how little we can grasp this!  Yet this is the fruition of being ‘kept for Jesus!’

Set apart for ever
For Himself alone!
Now we see our calling
Gloriously shown.
Owning, with no secret dread,
This our holy separation,
Now the crown of consecration*
Of the Lord our God shall rest upon our willing head.

*Num. vi. 7

Frances Ridley Havergal from KEPT FOR THE MASTER’S USE


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