Christ Teaching in the Temple
DEAD TO THE WORLD
“Dead to the world.” Oh, woeful condition!
Deliver me always from such a position;
Placing it always the Savior above.
What would I do without its gay fun
How could I live apart from its sun?
“Living for Jesus.” Ah, wretched condition!
Who could e’er cherish such a foolish ambition?
Living for self is better by far,
Than letting religion my pleasure all mar.
Not for me ever the bearing my cross,
Never for me surely counting earth loss.
“Dead to the world.” Oh, blessed condition!
How my soul glories in this blood bought position!
Empty and vain the world’s promises great;
Sad and eternal its final estate.
Opened at last are my eyes to its plight,
Its dangers and woes, its corruption and night.
“Living for Jesus.” Ah, happy condition!
I’m the one new with no other ambition.
Life I have found at the foot of a cross.
Life I have found when I let it be loss.
Hope now is mine, and love, and joys new;
All things are mine and eternity too.
I WOULD SEE THE SAVIOR
I would see the Savior
Who came on Christmas morn,
And would know the reason
That God on earth was born.
I would meet the Savior
Who walked in Galilee,
He who spoke with power
And made the blind to see.
I would hear him saying
He came to save the lost;
Bringing them salvation
No matter what the cost.
I would gaze in wonder
On Christ of Calvary,
I would know forever
That there He died for me.
I would meet like Mary
The resurrected Lord,
I would see His triumph
O’er sin and death abhorred.
I would hear his promise
The Spirit down to send;
He to dwell within us
Our life, our help, our friend.
I would know the Savior
Who lives and works today.
I will yield my life
And let Him have His way.
Source: the book Standard Bible Story Readers, Book Five
Authors O. A. Stemler and Bess Bruce Cleaveland – This file is in the public domain in countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years or less.