There is this hymn that’s been floating around in my head for a few years now… I’m not even sure where I first saw it……. but nonetheless, it’s a hymn I think deserves sharing. It’s called “None of Self and All of Thee”
Oh, the bitter pain and sorrow, That a time could ever be, When I proudly said to Jesus, “All of self, and none of Thee.” All of self, and none of Thee, All of self, and none of Thee, When I proudly said to Jesus, “All of self, and none of Thee.”
Yet He found me; I beheld Him Bleeding on th’ accursed tree, And my wistful heart said faintly, “Some of self, and some of Thee.” Some of self, and some of Thee, Some of self, and some of Thee, And my wistful heart said faintly, “Some of self, and some of Thee.”
Day by day His tender mercy, Healing, helping, full and free, Brought me lower while I whispered, “Less of self, and more of Thee.” Less of self, and more of Thee, Less of self, and more or Thee, Brought me lower while I whispered, “Less of self, and more of Thee.”
Higher than the highest heaven, Deeper than the deepest sea, Lord, Thy love at last has conquered: “None of self, and all of Thee.” None of self, and all of Thee, None of self, and all of Thee, Lord, Thy love at last has conquered: “None of self, and all of Thee.”
I feel this hymn perfectly describes how we need to come to Christ…for salvation…and even just for daily living. I don’t know if you feel it, but doesn’t this sound elitist? I mean, seriously, who can really be that self-sacrificing and that humble to really say “NONE of self and ALL of Thee”? And how in the world are we supposed to do that….sounds like a lot of will power and determination.
But that’s the thing… WE don’t do anything by our own strength… that’s the whole point. We cannot do it on our own.
Here is a passage that goes nicely with this hymn. It is taken from The Message:
Galatians 2: 15-21
We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over “non-Jewish sinners.” We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it – and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good”, I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan. What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine”, but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave hiself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not cear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Chist died unnecessarily.