Philippians 3:8-9 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
Will Lamartine Thompson was greatly respected for his literary and musical talents. Talents that
he would use to write two outstanding hymns, “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling,” and “Jesus Is All the World to Me.” Years after writing the song, “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling,” D. L. Moody would lay dying in bed. So many people would come to visit Moody that they would begin to turn people away from seeing him. One of such was Will Thompson himself. After hearing that Will had come to see him, Moody insisted that they allow Will to come and meet with him bedside. As Will sat and listened to
Moody speak of his desire for lost souls to receive Christ, he couldn’t help but notice Moody’s love for
the Lord. In every manner of speech and action, Moody’s testimony spoke of complete devotion to
Jesus. Inspired by his testimony, Will Lamartine Thompson wrote the hymn, “Jesus Is All the World To
At the end of our life we will be remembered for something. Some are remembered for their talents in sports and others for their talents in music, but what really matters when our life comes to an end is our testimony for Christ. Moody’s testimony was so great that even on his death bed he could not help but speak of how much Jesus meant to him. When our life comes to an end, will others notice your whole-hearted love for Jesus? Does Jesus truly mean all the world to you?