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“Take Time To Be Holy”


William Longstaff

William Longstaff heard a sermon entitled “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” The preaching was based on the New Testament Bible verse I Peter 1:16: “Because is written, ‘Be ye holy: for I am holy.’” This is a thoroughly Biblical concept that comes over into the New Testament from the Old where the Scripture declares: “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be he holy: for I am the LORD your God” Leviticus 20:7 (KJV).

Longstaff was a successful businessman with a very practical mind. It served him well when given a task to implement the details of a new business venture. His insights and gifts are reflected throughout the poem. In it, he offers many applications that anyone can apply on “how to” become more holy like our Lord. He was able to get the poem published in a Christian periodical. This was only the beginning, however. A Christian musician read the poem, cut it out, and filed it for later use. The lyrics came to his mind years later when he needed a hymn topic about holiness. Then, “he remembered the poem and set it to music. It has been a favorite now for more than a century.”


Verse One:

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.

Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak, Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Verse Two:

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be; Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

Verse Three:

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide; And run not before Him, whatever betide. In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord, And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

Verse Four:

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul, Each thought and each motive beneath His control. Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love, Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

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