At the core of Christian discipleship is the invitation that causes many to stumble, to turn away from a life of full-orbed devotion to Christ.

The invitation is straight-forward:  “Come, follow me.” (Matthew 4:19)

The implication is a show-stopper:  absolute surrender.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”  (Matthew 16:24)

Our mission as Corpath members is to pursue excellence in business, in life, and in spirit.

To pursue excellence in spirit is to align our heart unswervingly with this preeminent call of Christ on our lives.

So, as we begin this week, let’s find a quiet place, and spend some time reflecting on the following poem and prayer, asking the Lord Jesus to lead us into a life of full-on devotion to him.

Take My Life… 

Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
it shall be their royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.

(Frances Havergal, 1873)

“Dear God, when I pray “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” I choose to reject everything in me and around me that would keep that from happening.  I realize I am denying myself the right to reign and rule and asking that you and you alone will reign and rule in me.

Even when I do not enact my desire perfectly, I run to you, know that that you will receive me to yourself, forgiving me and healing me, so that my defects will not continue to control me.  You know my heart; I want you to own me today.  May that ownership produce singleness of heart and life in me. In Jesus name.”

From: A Pocket Guide to Prayer

Blessings for the week ahead.

“May your glory be my only aim, and your will be my only desire.”

Gord