In growing up and by his grace continuing to grow in my Christian walk, I find myself on many occasions reflecting back to many songs and hymns that I heard as a child. I must confess that hearing those songs and hymns now as opposed to back then gives me pause to make the commitment to gain a greater understanding of what many of our great hymns are about.
All of us I am sure have fond memories of songs and hymns that are part of our Christian journey. Those hymns and songs I am sure have helped to shape and guide us along this road of life. More often than not I find myself being drawn back to a particular hymn. I can recall hearing this hymn as a child. And yet even as I hear it today it continues to resonate with my soul and serves as a reminder to me personally as it sheds light on my relationship with God. “A Charge To Keep I Have.”
On numerous occasions I find myself going back to read and reread the lyrics of this song. In particular there are lyrics within this song that constantly remind me of what I am to be about in this life.
A Charge To Keep I Have.”
All of us, no matter who we are have a charge and assignment that God has established in us. Acts 10:34 reminds us of the fact that God is no respecter of person. Thus no matter who, what, or where we are in life God has an assignment for us. In the eyes of God each charge that he places before us is of the utmost importance. What also stands as absolute is the fact that the charge that each of us have been given is for us alone. It isn’t for someone else. Nor is it to be thought of as not as important as the next person’s charge. For ultimately the charge that we have been assigned is not to glorify us but to give God the glory.
“A God to glorify”
In all that we do, we are called on to give God the glory. Each day that we are blessed to awake and start out on our way provides us with the opportunity to give God the glory; not just by our words, but most of all by our actions. 1 Corinthians 10:31 declares that “whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Each of as members of the Christian body recognizes that we have been bought with a price. A price that Christ paid for with his life. With each day we are called on to give God the glory. In doing so we are reminded of the need to put off our old self, and to be renewed daily by the spirit. For we know that we are not our own, but belong to God. As we continue to grown daily and gain greater understanding, let us remember that when it’s all said and done, it’s not about us, it’s about God.
“To serve the present age”
This world in which we live in has many challenges. Diverse in needs and desirous of help, ours is a world that truly is in need of God. It would seem that day after day we find many among us crying out in search of help. Not merely help as such which are of the physical needs, but as much as anything help with that which is the greatest thing of all, with their souls. This world and the current times we are in presents before each of us a challenge of being of service. We are all witness to the reality that there are so many who are in need. Serving in this present age is a reflection of Christ’s purpose with his own ministry. Christ came not to be served, but to be in service to others. Therefore if we are to be a reflection of our Lord and savior we also are called to embrace his commitment of being in service to others.
“Oh may it all my powers to do my Master’s will”
With the charge that each of us accept and commit ourselves to move forward in, let us do so with a spirit of full immersion. Christ’s ministry provides us with the penultimate example of full immersion. He came into our world with his mind and spirit fully focused on doing his father’s will. Part and parcel to his ministry were his thoughts and actions that declared that it was not his will but the will of his father that would be done. As we who are the body of Christ, my prayer is that each of us as well will also give it all of our powers. Though each of us perhaps are at different levels as to all that we can give, we do so knowing that though what may appear to be little to others isn’t what is important; what matters is that in God’s sight he sees and knows that we have given it our all.
“A Charge to Keep.”
The time and season is daily for each of us. God is not concerned about our ability; his question is, are we willing to be available. May each of us embrace our own unique charge, proclaiming to God that we are ready, willing, and able to step forward and carry out our charge to keep.
To God Be the Glory
Alan T. Black