More of you, Lord, and less of me,
More of you, Lord, I want to see;
More of you, Lord, Oh let it be,
More of you, Lord, and less of me.
Let me walk in your love and walk paths of right,
I pray that your grace will guide my steps aright;
And when I feel lonely let me lean upon thee,
Just more of you, Lord, and less of me.
I will tell of your love, and how your light abides,
And grace that you give, as you walk by my side;
In my heart I'm learning just what I can be,
With more of you, Lord, and less of me.
More of you, Lord, that's my desire,
More of you, Lord, this you require;
More of you, Lord, just let it be,
More of you, Lord, and less of me.
More of you, Lord, and less of me.

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Jan. 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Problem is --   When we mess up we say we want more of Jesus and less of ourselves, and pretty soon we start associating who we are with the "bad me" instead of the fact that we're the new creation -- the "good me!"  We forget and fall back into thinking we're sinners instead of saints who sometimes have an exception to the rule, intead of just following the rule.  Christ broke sin's power, and this phrase usually ends up leaving those who don't give it much thought thinking once again that they're dirty people who need to be cleaned again -- that what Jesus did once for them needs to be redone, instead of just having Him wash our feet.

It also gives off the impression that God can "fill us with more" of Him.  This can easily lead to the implication that He's not giving us all of Him at all times.  That we have to wait for God to "give us more."  We already have all of Him -- He can give us no more.  What we must do is realize and allow God to use the part which is really -already and has always been- His, once again.  It's not like He lost it and part of God "leaked out of us" (which this phrase tends to imply if you don't realize its effect) and we filled it up with us.  This is not the case!  We have simply not allowed God use of that part of us.

We should not think "I want more of You and less of me."

We should instead think "I want to once again realize and admit the control is Yours."

I want to be able to sing and say the words to songs and mean them.  Almost more importantly -- I want to -actually- understand what I think the words say.  I know what the song means to say -- so I'll just substitute the words as I think they should be (but don't change the author's intent).  Could someone show me where wanting "more of You and less of me" is in the Bible?

This does not mean I advise or think it's okay to change meanings and words in the Bible -- I'm simply talking about a concept that Christian songs are taking from the Bible and rewording it to mean what I think the Bible  originally meant it to mean and say what it meant to say.  Once again realizing it's all God's is the concept I think the Bible is trying to tell us to get.  Leaking Jesus when you choose yourself and then needing God to fill you back up with more of Him is not in the Bible, as I see it.

    Father, regardless of where we fall into how to feel -- let us make sure we understand and have really grappled and wrestled with things for you, Father.  We want our faiths to grow, and we want to mean the words we say.  We can't mean them if we don't understand them.  Father, we want to praise You in spirit and truth -- for You are spirit and You say we should worship You that way.  I don't think we could worship in truth if we didn't know what we were saying...  Father, help us to figure out where we stand and where we should along with You.  Lord, it's the path and how we get there -- not the results or what we end up believing (for most things).  Father, let us walk with You and invite You into our lives.  Not that we have to invite You, but let us be intentional about letting You into our lives.  Let us be looking for You and conscious about our walk with You.  May it be in Your Name, because of it, be praised.  May the glory and honor all be to You.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

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