There is a great hymn I remember singing in church growing up, “Give of Your Best to the Master.” I have missed singing that in recent years, and wonder why it disappeared from our hymnal.
I love that hymn because it taught me we are to always give the Lord our best, not our leftovers. That’s pretty good advice to give a young person growing up! I saw examples of this lived out in the lives of my Sunday School teachers, my GA leaders, and my Church Training leaders. They were always prepared, always kind, and always made each of us feel important. They always seemed glad we were there. They made being at church fun and we always learned something. It was through being a GA I learned geography…by praying for the missionaries and finding where they served on the big world map. I also learned to speak in front of people as my teachers gave me speaking parts in GA and Church Training. I learned about Jesus Christ and all He did for me…what He did for all of us…in Sunday School. And I learned how to share His love for others through GA.
Give of your best to the Master;
Give of the strength of your youth.
Throw your soul’s fresh, glowing ardor
Into the battle for truth.
Jesus has set the example,
Dauntless was He, young and brave.
Give Him you loyal devotion;
Give Him the best that you have.
--By Howard B Grose, 1902
By giving our BEST to Jesus Christ throughout our life, we will hear “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23)
Written by WMU of Texas President Earl Ann Bumpus