Since this song was published in 1937, this thoughtful hymn by Avis B. Christiansen (1895-1985) and Merrill Dunlop has been widely used of God to challenge scores of young believers with the importance of committing their lives completely to God’s glory and service. How tragic it is to see the great number of talented young people who waste their lives on transient things instead of investing them in that which is eternal. Yet, the choice which must be made by every individual would be:
(1) Will I commit my life to the highest and best–God and His service?
(2) Or will I settle for that which is self-seeking and cheap?
My friend, the results of these two styles of living are obvious; merely observe the difference between the quality of life of those who have engaged in self-indulgent useless living and those who have spent their time faithfully serving God with a concern for the spiritual and physical needs of others. One leads to disillusionment and the other to contentment. This great hymn entitled “Only One Life” has truly blessed my heart and I trust it will do the same for you:
Only one life to offer, Jesus, my Lord and King;
Only one tongue to praise Thee And of Thy mercy sing (forever);
Only one heart’s devotion Saviour, O may it be
Consecrated alone to Thy matchless glory, Yielded fully to Thee.
Only this hour is mine, Lord–May it be used for Thee;
May ev’ry passing moment Count for eternity (my Savior);
Souls all about are dying, dying in sin and shame;
Help me bring the message of Calvary’s redemption In Thy glorious name.
Only one life to offer–Take it, dear Lord, I pray;
Nothing from Thee withholding,Thy will I now obey (my Jesus);
Thou Who hast freely given Thine all in all for me,
Claim this life for Thine own to be used, my Saviour, Ev’ry moment for Thee.