Words & Music by James McGranahan

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15

"Give us a watchword for the hour,
A thrilling word, a word of power;
A battle-cry, a flaming breath
That calls to conquer even death.
A word to rouse the Church from rest,
To heed the Master's last request;
The call is giv'n: Christians arise!
Our watchword is EVANGELIZE!"
~Author Unknown

As members of the blood-bought church of Christ Jesus, how we need to be reminded continually of our Lord's final request! We settle down so easily in our individual comforts and in the security of our church routines. Worldwide evangelization will become a realistic possibility only when the Spirit of God renews His people personally with a vision and passion for the spiritual needs of a lost world...when in His power we are willing to go...to evangelize!

James McGranahan, author and composer of this hymn, is a well-known name in the field of early gospel music. After the sudden death of Philip Bliss in 1876, McGranahan became the song-leader in the evangelistic campaigns conducted by Major D. W. Whittle in England and throughout America. Known for his fine tenor voice and a commanding personality, he pioneered the using of male choirs in his services. McGranahan collaborated with Ira Sankey and other gospel musicians in many publications. "Go Ye Into All the World" was widely used as a missionary challenge in their great crusade meetings. These words still speak pointedly to us today.

Far, far away, *in heathen darkness dwelling,
Millions of souls forever may be lost;
Who, who will go, salvation’s story telling,
Looking to Jesus, heeding not the cost?

See o’er the world wide open doors inviting,
Soldiers of Christ, arise and enter in!
Christians, awake! your forces all uniting,
Send forth the Gospel, break the chains of sin.

“Why will you die?” the voice of God is calling.
“Why will you die?” re-echo in His Name;
Jesus has died to save from death appalling,
Life and salvation, therefore go proclaim.

God speed the day, when those of every nation
“Glory to God!” triumphantly shall sing.
Ransomed, redeemed, rejoicing in salvation,
Shout Hallelujah, for the Lord is King!

“All power is given unto Me,
All power is given unto Me,
Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel,
And lo, I am with you always.”

*For Today*: Matthew 9:37 & 38, 28:18-20; I Corinthians 15:3 & 4

Seek to read some pertinent article on the status of world missions. Ask God to show you a more significant role in this great endeavor. Meditate on the truth of Christ's last command in this hymn chorus.

Music: 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.

[or "in death and darkness dwelling"]

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