One Degree More

A.B. Simpson 90 x115by A.B. Simpson

Looking diligently lest any man fail—Hebrews 12:15

It is not losing all but coming short that we are to fear. We may not lose our souls, but we may lose something more precious than life-God’s full approval, His highest choice and our incorruptible and star-gemmed crown. It is the one degree more that makes all the difference between hot water-powerless in the boiler and steam.

I want, in this short life of mine,

As much as can be pressed

Of service true for God and man;

Help me to be my best.

I want, among the victory throng,

To have my name confessed;

And hear my Master say at last,

Well done, you did your best.

Give me, 0 Lord, Thy highest choice;

Let others take the rest;

Their good things have no charm for me,

For I have got Thy best.

by A.B. Simpson