~* TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY *~
William D. Longstaff, 1822-1894
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
I Peter 1:15 & 16
The valuable guidelines given in this hymn for living a holy life are just as pertinent for believers today as they were when William Longstaff wrote them more than a
century ago. God still requires a holy life of His people. We sometimes confuse holiness with piety, which can be merely a hypocritical goodness that masks inner
deceit and impurity. A truly holy or Christ-like life reveals the virtues mentioned in II Peter 1:5-7:
faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity.
We are surrounded today by so much insincerity, sham, and downright falsehood that we are often unconsciously affected by such influences. To maintain the
quality of life that God demands, we must determine to take time to develop a life that is genuinely and consistently holy in every area.
William Longstaff, though financially independent, (son of a wealthy English ship owner) was a humble and devout Christian layman and a close friend and supporter
of the Moody-Sankey evangelistic team that stirred England with great revival campaigns during the late 19th Century. After hearing a sermon on I Peter
1:16--"Be ye holy, for I am holy"--with reference to the book of Leviticus from which it was originally taken, young William began to make the achievement
of holiness his life's goal. Although this was his only hymn, these words have since been an invaluable influence for sincere believers everywhere who truly desire to
live a genuinely holy Christian life.
Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of Godís children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
*For Today*: Leviticus 20:7 & 8; II Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:23 & 24; I Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 12:14
Reflect on all of the various suggestions for holy living listed in this hymn text. Sing these truths as you go, realizing we Christians need to take time to be holy.
Music Courtesy of The Cyber Hymnal
Alternate Music by Shelley Hamilton.
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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