MUST I GO, AND EMPTY HANDED

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Beloved, spare time today to reflect on the lyrics of this Christian Hymn:

“Must I go, and empty-handed,”
Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him,
Lay no trophy at His feet?

Refrain: “Must I go, and empty-handed?”
Must I meet my Savior so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him:
Must I empty-handed go?

Not at death I shrink nor falter,
For my Savior saves me now;
But to meet Him empty-handed,
Thought of that now clouds my brow.

O the years in sinning wasted;
Could I but recall them now,
I would give them to my Savior,
To His will I’d gladly bow.

O ye saints, arouse, be earnest,
Up and work while yet ’tis day;
Ere the night of death o’ertake thee,
Strive for souls while still you may.

#Must I go, and empty handed?#
#Must I meet my Savior so?#
#Not one day of service give Him#
#Lay no trophy at His feet?#
#Not one soul with which to greet Him#
#Must I empty-handed go?#

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  1. This hymn reminded me of a documentary I watched. The man (a Christian) was on his sick-bed surrounded by family and friends, then he started crying. His family tried to console him, encouraging him that he has lived a good life. He replied and said “I am not crying for fear of death, but I am afraid to appear before my Saviour empty-handed. It was so touching!

    1. Hmmm…bro, this little narrative you just gave is very touching to me, not to talk of being on the scene of a real life event, or even knowing someone, such a thing happened to. Now imagine oneself in such a situation. Every time I come across this Hymn, I am always sober and I do desire we that are saved by grace will take the messages of this hymn dearly in our heart: seeing to it that we are guiltless when we appear before our Creator. I pray we will not go and empty-handed. We will have trophies to lay at the feet of our Saviour in Jesus name. There is work to be done; more to be done than we are doing… Kingdom work brethren!

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