I Live and Yet Not I

1
I live and yet not I,
For Christ He lives in me.
The life I live in the flesh now
Is Christ, just Christ, to be.
  O what a marvelous hope, Lord,
To find myself in You,
And in experience my boasting,
To know You through and through.
2
O what a wondrous existence,
Of all which is most blessed.
You see, Lord, I am now softened
To take from You what’s best.
  It’s not my fervent resolve, Lord,
Nor e’en my love untrue.
It’s You in me Who is doing,
What I for You couldn’t do.
3
From every other attraction—
Be faithful, break me free.
Though smarting, Lord, from Love’s action,
Each wound draws me to Thee.
  You see each end from beginning;
Take me through each dark phase;
As long, Lord, as love conforms me,
Fits me to meet You that day.
4
So here we are, dear Lord Jesus,
And may Your precious hand,
Accomplish all that You’ve purposed,
All that You’ve for us planned.
  You are our one destination,
You are our destiny.
These days, just for our preparing,
Will leave what in memory?
5
In us, Lord, gain all You’re after,
In us, Lord, gain Your Bride.
In us, be so very blessed.
In us, be satisfied.
  As we, Lord, become Your fullness
And You in us reside,
Keep us, dear Lord, in Your love-bonds,
As mutually we abide.
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Dietrich Fanz

Athens, GA, United States

I really enjoy the heart of the author of this song. In stanza three the author talks about other attractions, then tells the Lord, "Be faithful, break me free." He realizes that the Lord breaking away the other attractions can "smart." It can hurt. Further down the author says, "As long, Lord, as love conforms me." He is telling the Lord that he is willing to lose what's dear to him, if that's what it takes for the Lord to gain him.

Amen Lord. Give us this same heart.


Carol

Philippines

To me, to live is Christ.


Dr D. E. Ajayi

Camp, Mowe, Nigeria

My indefineable Jesus! Thanks.


Maria Eggert

Meckenbeuren, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Yes, keep us, dear Lord, in Your love-bonds, as mutualy we abide.