One of my youth pastors’ wives wrote a song when I was in high school that focused on the concept of our lives as Christians being totally centered around Christ. When she shared it with us one night, I remember her saying “let’s come back down to reality, though—does this really describe our lives?” In essence—this is a prayer—not something we have already perfectly attained. We still battle the flesh here on earth (Rom. 7:13-25). That we’d be “ever, only, all for Thee” is likewise a prayer that it would be so.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” —Romans 12:1
“Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee. Take my moments and my days; let them flow in endless praise, let them flow in endless 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, 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, 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, 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 thy royal throne, it shall be thy 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, ever, only, all for thee.”