“The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” At the time I wrote this, I sincerely thought and desired that I would give anything and everything. I haven’t changed on that except that the Lord has given me more since then and the more I have, the less possible it seems that I can give all. I now have a son and am much more appreciative of what it cost God to give His Son. We have these sincere thoughts as did Peter on the last night but to perform is terribly difficult and even impossible, I say. Only by the grace of God can we give Him everything and it is not without pain if we have that which is valuable to us to give.
But being a jealous God, we must surrender all to Him and He is faithful, patiently and mercifully enabling us to do His will.
I’d give anything
I’d give anything I own
And I mean anything
I’d only ask that what I give
Would be received by Him
That He’d be pleased to have received
All that I give to Him
My heart goes out to Him
My soul desires that all my firstfruits
Do return to Him
That there is nothing held from Him
That He would love to have
What sheer delight is it to give to Him
The best of what I have, the very best
The very best…
Yes, I’d give everything
So much do I love Him
That I’d give everything to Him
He’s given me all things and even
All my love for Him
I only hope that by His grace
I’d give Him everything
Everything, yes, everything.
Let me not forget to give You everything
Not just the first and best but everything.
Helena, MT; August 26, 1987
We met Alan Gilbert, a young man who had been in a terrible car accident which left terrible consequences on body and mind. While he would put on a brave face, we knew it was a put-on. This song came to confront him with reality and to encourage him to repent and believe. He went away apparently as hardened as ever. The mystery of iniquity is something at which to marvel.
It seemed we were saying farewell to all things of our past, not just human friends or acquaintances. It also seemed I was prophesying a parting in the future but which would come to an end, never to happen again.
As we continued our walk with God by faith, we were disillusioned about our relationships with religious people and family. We discovered the value of true friendship, the cost of walking with God and how few there were willing to pay the price.