Go, labor on; spend, and be spent
|Go, labor on; spend, and be spent;
Thy joy to do the Father’s will;
It is the way the Master went;
Should not the servant tread it still?
|Go, labor on: ’tis not for nought;
Thy earthly loss is heav’nly gain;
Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not;
The Master praises, what are men?
|Go, labor on; your hands are weak,
Your knees are faint, your souls cast down;
Yet falter not; the prize you seek
Is near, a kingdom and a crown.
|Go, labor on while it is day,
The world’s dark night is hastening on;
Speed, speed thy work, cast sloth away,
It is not thus that souls are won.
|Men die in darkness at your side,
Without a hope to cheer the tomb;
Take up the torch and wave it wide,
The torch that lights time’s thickest gloom.
|Press on, faint not, keep watch and pray;
Be wise the erring soul to win;
Go forth into the world’s highway,
Compel the wanderer to come in.
|Press on, and in thy work rejoice;
For work comes rest, the prize thus won;
Soon shalt thou hear the Master’s voice,
The midnight cry, Behold, I come!
Sang this hymn for more than 40 years and each time with tears in my eyes. One day it will be over! And we shall hear the midnight cry BEHOLD I COME! But till then no room for slothfuness and human praise or insults
A needful reminder of the most important task and calling to the Church. Current state of the world beckons us "Go labour on"!
Dubai, Frij Al Murar, United Arab Emirates
If the whole Master went through suffering for the sin He has not committed just to safe His people.
Then we the servants needs not to complain anymore let consider part of the 5 stanza and it goes "Men die in darkness at your side,
Take up the torch and wave it wide," meaning there's a darkness ahead of us and what darkness means to us is suffering.
May God fill our touches with fuel so that we may not run out.
God bless is more
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Perfect text for a perfect task. Soul rendering.
Isola, Mississippi, United States
Hallelujah! Come, Lord Jesus!
This hymnal is a confirmation of the Methodist Church Ghana's theme for this year 2020, Discipleship.
Delray Beach, Florida, United States
I am blessed with the 2nd stanza. "Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee NOT." "THE MASTER PRAISES, What are men?"
There is a man from Accra, Ghana who is here in the US and a fine lawyer. His grandmother and grandfather were very active in a Presbyterian Church. But I don't see any signs of this young man's being born again or an interest in the things of God. Pray I will have opportunity to one day witness to him.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
What a beautiful hymn. I was listening this morning to Dave Hunt and was convicted that I have not been faithful in winning souls for Christ.
But the end is nigh and souls are perishing. I want the Lord to say to me, "Good and faithful servant."
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
The turning point of my life. I have been weaping over the erring soul like Jesus wept over Jerusalem and over my wasted years of self centeredness.
I am grateful to Dr Horatius Bonar, the hymn writer.
I always remember my charge as a Priest anytime I hear and ponder over the words of the hymn.. It energize me to do more for God as far as evangelism is concerned.