This is not the hymn we will be singing in class this Sunday. We will be going back over one of the two introduced in the last two weeks. The words to this hymn came to my mind this week as I was looking over the topic for this week’s lesson.
Mr. By-Ends in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is the personification of easy believism and convenient Christianity. I should have that lesson posted either later today or early tomorrow. In the mean time, here are some words to think about. This hymn asks the critical question “What is it costing you to be a Christian?” I am sure Mr By-Ends would have difficulty singing this hymn. It certainly gives me pause to consider that question. Does it give you pause?
The tune that I have always sung this hymn to is called Marlow. I’m going to be lazy today and simply point you over to The Cyber Hymnal to listen to that tune. Any Common Meter tune will work. Isaac Watts is the author of the hymn.