Living for Jesus a life that is true

Living for Jesus a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.
  O Jesus, Lord and Savior,
I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy [redemption],*
Didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master,
My heart shall be Thy throne,
My life I give, henceforth to live,
O Christ, for Thee alone.
Living for Jesus who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.
Living for Jesus wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.
Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.
The Compilers prefer that
the New Testament word, “redemption,”
be used and sung instead of “atonement.”
Robert Bowden

Silsbee, TX, United States

I learned this song as a very young boy in Sunday School over 60 years ago and for some reason it popped into my head today. I looked it up and found this wonderful website. Although this song is very old (like me) it still touches my heart even today. I am so happy that as a result of my up bringing, I am saved and know where I'm going (as my grandmother said:) "when I am no more." Of course THAT brings up another little song, "Thank you Lord for Saving My Soul".... (:-))

John Oppenhuizen

Michigan, United States

I memorized this song in our church's boys club, the Calvinist Cadets. At the time I liked singing it, but had no idea how much it would mean to me 60 years later. If you are a church leader and you want to instill something of value into youth, I cannot think of a better song. Only trouble is, someone might think you are old fashioned if you try to sing it today. I truly believe, that having not sung it in decades, the Holy Spirit resurrected it in my mind last night and gave me peace. I thank the men who led our boys club, now long departed, their work and influence lives on and on, decades later. The things we do for others, especially how we witness and serve, are the only things you have that will last after you are gone. May this song live on in the hearts of all who cherish its meaning.

Dawn Horner

Hainesport, New Jersey, United States

I accepted the Lord as my Savior during Bible School when I was 9 years old. This was the theme song for that Bible School. I am 75 years old and still sing it all the time. It has been my "theme song" through my entire life. I sing the word "atonement" because that is what I learned and it has the correct meaning for me. I LOVE THIS SONG and it has helped me through many difficult situations. I will never stop singing it as long as I live.

Mary Hamilton

Brimley, Michigan, United States

It's the atonement that saved the soul.

Mary Pearl Elli

Quezon City, Philippines

I've enjoyed singing this hymn, it causes me to love the Lord more and consecrate myself to Him. His love is constraining us so that we can answer His call.. so that we can follow His leading and give Him our all.

"Oh Lord, we offer ourselves to You. Teach us to enjoy and experience You daily that we can live You. Living for You is a life that is true. May we give our lives for Thee alone".



During cell tonight, we were discussing what it means to be in"such a time this"... a night where we refocus our commitment to be single-minded in loving God and loving people, so that we can be part of God’s end-time harvest force and this song came to us... we sang and were moved.

Sound Emperor

Coarsegold, CA, United States

My mother sang this song while lying in her bed, every night, just before going to sleep. It has been an inspiration to me ever since. Most "Christians" today don't seem to think they need to change anything in their lives. This song is pure "Paul". Paul lived for Jesus, everyday.

In response to E.C.'s "explanation" of the lyrics change, I simply say this. Christ's death on the cross is our atonement. In case you haven't figured this out yet, the entire old testament--and especially the sacrificial system--pointed to Jesus, and His sacrifice.

We are not, I am not, a "New Testament" Christian, but rather a Biblical Christian, as the entire Bible is written as our guidebook. The old testament is full of vital information for the Christian life.

I believe this song is inspired by God. You can sing however you wish E.C, but don't change the lyrics when you publish them. The song stands on its own.


Spending time in my devotions and I read "whisper My Name in loving contentment" & this hymn resonated in my heart. So very wonderful to be able to come to this site and hear, read, & sing it!

Paul Wallace

Sedona, AZ, United States

Just finishing a sermon on Isaiah 53 and the chorus filled my mind though I had not sung it in many years. How perfectly it fit my heart response to that chapter.

James Chambers

Choma, Southern, Zambia

I just finished reading through Romans 12 this morning and, while pondering on the challenges presented to us as believers in the passage, I began to sing the first verse and chorus of this song (in English - I've not heard this song in Tonga, the language of the people in this part of Zambia). What a challenge is presented to believers in this song! I'm very moved by it. I trust that I will be able to fulfill the truths presented in it, not only today, but every day.