We must remember that one day we will all stand before the Lord. How will we give an account of ourselves, if our hands are empty? Hymns, #930 says, "'Must I go and empty-handed,' / Thus my dear Redeemer meet? / Not one day of service give Him, / Lay no trophy at His feet?" This hymn gives a vivid description of how pricked our hearts should feel. We should not wait for others to ask whether our friends and relatives are saved. I am afraid that when God asks us, even the angels will condemn us. This understanding will change our living. In the past we had our friends and relatives over for dinner and politely laughed and conversed with them, but we never preached the gospel to them. How can we repay our debt of the gospel to them?
Must I go, and empty-handed
- “Must I go, and empty-handed,“
Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him,
Lay no trophy at His feet?
- “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?
For my Savior saves me now;
But to meet Him empty-handed,
Thought of that now clouds my brow.
Could I but recall them now,
I would give them to my Savior,
To His will I’d gladly bow.
Up and work while yet ’tis day;
Ere the night of death o’ertake thee,
Strive for souls while still you may.