Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander, 1818-1895

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
John 12:26

God's call for discipleship comes to every believer, not just a special few. Whether or not we hear God's call depends on our own spiritual sensitivity.

This is another of the quality hymn texts written by Cecil Frances Alexander, recognized as one of England's finest women hymn writers. It is one of the few of Mrs. Alexander's hymns not specifically written for children; nearly all of her more than 400 poems and hymn texts were intended for reaching and teaching children with the gospel.

Following her marriage in 1850 to the distinguished Irish churchman Dr. William Alexander, Mrs. Alexander devoted her literary talents to helping her husband with his ministry, including writing appropriate poems that he could use with his sermons. One autumn day, two years after their marriage, Dr. Alexander asked his wife if she could write a poem for a sermon he was planning to preach the following Sunday. The pastor closed his sermon that day with the new poem written by his wife. These words have since been widely used in all churches to challenge God's people to hear Christ's call as the disciple Andrew did and then to follow, serve, and love Him "best of all".

*This hymn was a favorite of a classmate of mine. In 5th grade at Eden Christian School, Michael Poot requested this song every chance he had *_* Mr. Peeples, who was teaching his first year after graduating from Bible college, never seemed to tire of it. I hope you are still following the Lord, Michael. I cannot picture your face but with that sparkling-eyed smile. God bless you, wherever you are, Brother. Jennifer (Monck) Seest

Michael W. Poot was killed in Hernando County, FL on September 9th, 2008. His body is interred in the National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Jesus calls us over the tumult
Of our life’s wild, restless, sea;
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, “Christian, follow Me!”

As of old Saint Andrew heard it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
Leaving all for Jesus’ sake.

Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, “Christian, love Me more!”

In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love Me more than these!”

Jesus calls us! By Thy mercies,
Savior may we hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all.

*For Today*: Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 4:18-20; Mark 1:16-18; Luke 9:23

May we respond as Andrew did and become one of Christ's faithful followers and a "fisher of men".

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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