If I gained the world, but lost the Savior

If I gained the world, but lost the Savior,
Were my life worth living for a day?
Could my yearning heart find rest and comfort
In the things that soon must pass away?
If I gained the world, but lost the Savior,
Would my gain be worth the lifelong strife?
Are all earthly pleasures worth comparing
For a moment with a Christ-filled life?
Had I wealth and love in fullest measure,
And a name revered both far and near,
Yet no hope beyond, no harbor waiting,
Where my storm-tossed vessel I could steer;
If I gained the world, but lost the Savior,
Who endured the cross and died for me,
Could then all the world afford a refuge,
Whither, in my anguish, I might flee?
O what emptiness!—without the Savior
’Mid the sins and sorrows here below!
And eternity, how dark without Him!
Only night and tears and endless woe!
What, though I might live without the Savior,
When I come to die, how would it be?
O to face the valley’s gloom without Him!
And without Him all eternity!
O the joy of having all in Jesus!
What a balm the broken heart to heal!
Ne’er a sin so great, but He’ll forgive it,
Nor a sorrow that He does not feel!
If I have but Jesus, only Jesus,
Nothing else in all the world beside—
O then everything is mine in Jesus;
For my needs and more He will provide.
Maurice Ward

Columbus, Ohio, United States

A day without Jesus is truly the gloomiest. One tends to walk on eggshells, yet one's heart is usually to stubborn to turn back to Him. But Praise the Lord there's never a sin to great, but He'll forgive it, nor a sorrow that He does not feel! Saints, O what emptiness there is without the Savior. He is truly everything! Just believe in Him!

O then everything is mine in Jesus reminds me of Ephesians 1:3-5

O the joy of sonship!!

Jeffrey Chan

San Francisco, CA, United States

Lord, cause me to love You every day!


Santa Ana, California, United States

Oh Lord Jesus we have everything in You Lord we don’t need nothing else but You Lord amen.


Irvine, CA, United States

Are all earthly pleasures worth comparing for a moment with a Christ-filled life? Praise Jesus, He is the most precious One!!!


Los Angeles, CA, United States

Lord, gaining the world means nothing if it means losing You. Lord, nothing compares to You. If I have Jesus, only Jesus, I gain everything!

G.A.O. Olofintuyi

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

What a song! Years ago I wept my heart through all the four stanzas sung to the blessed old tune. I had arrived late at my church's weekly Monday Bible study. The treacherous Lagos traffic did me in. Meanwhile I had been mourning my confinement to my secular employment in a finance company that paid fine salary but sucked all time and strength from me. I knew God had called me but I couldn't leave because of a pending fraud case in which I was my company's star witness.

Barely two minutes after I stepped into church and joined the proceedings the choir stepped out and struck this song. My heart and head exploded in waves of anguish. Every word of the song and the heavenly presence were like a thousand jabs on my soul.

The choir must have prayed much. And then, the old tune...(Please, I will have nothing of the often light-hearted "new tune").

The joy is that I found my release months later. That was 1990. I'm still joyfully engaged in my Saviour's service today. Yesterday, the soloist sang this song and brought back old memories...

Apologies for my rather long comment.


Massachusetts, United States

I will be graduating from school in just a few weeks, and my prayer is not to be one who would find comfort in the things that soon must pass away, but rather experience joy each day in having all things In JESUS. Lord, may we not live a single day without You!

Emmanuel Awuah Pilgrim

Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana

I really appreciate how some of our lovely hymns have been given new tunes. My choir sang 'If I Gained the World' today at church. The flavor was so enthusing and refreshing. I had my first degree in music. I do compositions, record them on CDs and they've been very inspirational to the body of Christ. Can I pick some of your new tunes and record them at the studio to bless some souls? Will be ready for any terms and conditions. Many thanks

William Jeng

United States

Oh what emptiness without the Savior. In Him I have everything, outside of Him I have nothing!

This song really echoes song 600 "My God, my Portion and my Love" in the hymnal. Let others grasp in ALL the shore, but just grant me the visits of Your grace, and I would desire no more. Sweet song that reminds me of the Lord's love and mercy :) Lord we give You our whole being to love You!


I had a recent experience that led me to this point.... I just consecrate my whole being, life, future, family, and even going on in Your recovery to You dear Lord for the preparation of Your Bride!!!

He takes care of all our needs. I will not boast or brag but as I put the Lord first there is a huge blessing. My deep consideration is that I have all I need because I/we have the Lord and He is in fact all we need. Only He can satisfy eternally. This hymn reminds me that I am not for this world with all of its vain pursuits and attractions. I've been caught and am constrained through the most lovely One!!! Lord Jesus I do love You my dear Master, Husband, Friend, God, my all in all.... Amen!!!