Take my life.
No. I haven’t got a suicidal tendency, I am talking about the Hymn. As it is well out of copyright, I can publish it in full here:
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
*Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
All good stuff. It is really good to sing these words prayerfully; Lord take me and all I have and use me to bring in your kingdom.
But where is the couplet about the imagination? Is there anything wrong with using our imagination? It is possible to take this view from the Bible. Genesis 6:5 says:
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
But that is not talking about an imagination that is bent against God. What would happen if we handed our imaginations over to God and imagined the things that the Holy Spirit brought to our attention.
Can you imagine a people of God imagining the things that God. would have then imagine? This would be a truly prophetic people saying the things that was on God’s mind to the world. I find this exciting.