Will you appear with gifts for Him or stand ashamed? What will he say to you? Welcome my good and faithful servant or depart from me. I can only imagine!

Must I go and empty handed?

John 9:4

” We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us.The night is coming, and then no one can work.”

Why were you born? Why are you still alive? Where will you go when you leave the world? 

Questions we should ask ourselves every single day. 

I am sure you know for sure that you are not alive to decorate the planet. There is be a reason/purpose you are here, and whatever that reason is, you will never live a fulfilled life unless the purpose is accomplished. When you leave the world and stand before your maker, you will have to give account of what you did with your life.

When you are surrounded by His glory; what will your heart feel? Will you dance for Him or in awe be still? Will you stand in His presence or to your knees you fall? Will you sing Hallalujah, will you be able to speak at all? Will you appear with gifts for Him or stand ashamed? What will He say to you? Welcome my good and faithful servant or depart from me. I can only imagine!

What gifts can you possibly present to your maker? He gave us a hint in  Matthew 28:19  

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” 

and in John 15:16 

 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” .

 Your fruits are the gifts you will take to him when you stand before him. Those fruits are the souls you have won to His kingdom. 

See everyday as another opportunity to fulfill the will of your maker as you go about your daily activities because He said Matthew 7:19 

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire”

Here is the Story of the hymn ‘must I go and empty handed’ as written by The journey

Charles Carroll Luther penned a beautiful hymn in 1877. Luther had heard the story of a young man who was about to die. The young man had only been a Christian for a month and was very sad because he had only served the Lord a short time. The young man said , “I am not afraid to die; Jesus saves me now. But must I go empty handed?”. Luther then penned the words to this beautiful hymn.

The tune is also very beautiful. Charles Luther handed his lyrics to George C. Stebbins who did a wonderful job conveying the heart’s cry of this lovely hymn. “Must I Go, And Empty Handed?”

1. Must I go, and empty handed,

Thus my dear Redeemer meet?

Not one day of service give Him,

Lay no trophy at His feet?


“Must I go, and empty handed?”

Must I meet my Savior so?

Not one soul with which to greet Him,

Must I empty handed go?

2. Not at death I shrink or falter,
For my Savior saves me now;
But to meet Him empty handed,
Thought of that now clouds my brow.

3. O the years in sinning wasted,

Could I but recall them now,

I would give them to my Savior,

To His will I’d gladly bow.


4. O ye saints, arouse, be earnest,

Up and work while yet ’tis day;

Ere the night of death o’ertake thee,

Strive for souls while still you may.


I worry that in our effort to save some of our traditions, we may very well meet the Savior with “not one soul with which to greet Him”. Oh that God would give us wisdom to know what to preserve as necessary, and what to discard as distracting. The message of Jesus Christ and His salvation must never be second to anything. I will not be satisfied to one day meet the master having merely preserved what He gave me to work with. I want to be like the “good and faithful servant” who took what the Master gave him, invested wisely, and had a great return.”

While we still have breath in us, we we are still alive, let us prepare for eternity.

John 9:4

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”