I was driving along the highway this morning listening to Willie Nelson’s Rodehouse on my Sirius channel. The last song I heard Willie sing before I parked the car was “All of Me.”
The first part of the song goes like this:
All of me, why not take all of me
Can’t you see that I’m no good without you
You took the part that once was my heart
So why not take all of me.
About an hour later, I was back in my car heading home. Instead of listening to the radio though, I was praying; I was in the Spirit. And God put that song back in my head. But, since I was already in the Spirit, God showed me a different way to hear those same words. I would like to share with you what God showed me, and I hope that the next time you hear Willie singing that song, you will be hearing it the way I will from now on.
So, here is what I heard in the Spirit:
All of me, why not take all of me…. My first thought was this; have I given all to God?
Mark 12:33 says that the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength.
Colossians 1:16b says “all things were created by Him and for Him.” We were created for God. God has a plan for all of us; each and every one of us. Our blueprint was made out before we were even conceived. And so, I think when you sing this song, you should say… Lord, take all of me, I’m yours.
The next line in the song is this: “Can’t you see that I’m no good without you?” Well of course God can see that, can’t He? Jesus says it to the apostles in John 15:5 “apart from Me you can do nothing.” We are no good without Him.
“You took the part that once was my heart.” Supposedly, we all do that on the day that we are saved. Is that not true? How many of you say that when you are giving your testimony that I gave my heart to the Lord? In the book of Acts 16:14 we read about a lady named Lydia who was listening to Paul preach the Gospel and it says: “The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.” He took her heart captive just like He took mine and yours. So, why not take all of me?
Or better yet, why not give all of our self over to the Lord so he can use us?
Pray this way, using a word from Willie…. “Yes, Lord, I gave you a part, that is my heart, now please, Lord, take all of me.”
I’m betting, like me, you won’t ever be able to hear that song in the same way again.
You might even want to pray for Willie and ask the Lord to open his heart to respond to the gospel.