Whoever serves Me must follow Me.@John 12:26
Frank C. Huston (1871–1959)

Frank C. Huston, 1909 (🔊 pdf nwc).

It was in April of 1909, while Frank was directing the music for Evangelist W. S. Buchanan in a series of services being held in Providence Christian Church, Scranton, Pennsylvania, that he was inspired to write the music of It Pays to Serve Jesus, one of his finest gospel hymns. His hosts during the Scranton engagement were Mr. and Mrs. Gwylym Edwards, choir director and Church organist respectively of the Providence congregation. One day while Frank was musing at the keyboard of the Edwards’ piano, a melody suddenly came to him which he decided was worth saving. So he quickly wrote it down on a piece of music paper which he usually carried around in his pocket for just such emergencies, and promptly forgot all about it.

Returning to his home in Indianapolis after the Pennsylvania meeting for a period of rest and fellowship with his family, he brought his new tune with him. A few days later he paid a visit to an eighty-two year old friend, M. E. Mick, a devout member of the Meridian Street Methodist Church of that city. During their conversation, Mick suddenly said to Huston, Brother Huston, you have written so many good songs, won’t you write one for me on the subject we have just been discussing, and call it, ‘It Pays to Serve Jesus’? Frank interrupted to remind his aged friend that there was already a published song bearing that title, whereupon Mick replied, I know there is, but I think you can write a better one.…While in [Harrisburg, Pennsylvania] Huston recalled Mick’s plea of several weeks earlier, so he went to the fine piano in the living room of his host and hostess [and] suddenly he recalled the manuscript in his pocket, and out of sheer curiosity, he took it out placed it on the music rack of the piano and played through it. Intrigued with what he had composed and then completely forgotten, he played it a second time and then a third, while the words of a stanza and chorus fell into place almost spontaneously. Before he knew it, he was singing a brand new hymn to his own original tune.

Emurian, p. 67

The service of Jesus true pleasure affords,
In Him there is joy without an alloy;
’Tis Heaven to trust Him and rest on His words;
It pays to serve Jesus each day.


It pays to serve Jesus, it pays every day,
It pays every step of the way,
Though the pathway to glory may sometimes be drear,
You’ll be happy each step of the way.

It pays to serve Jesus whate’er may betide,
It pays to be true whate’er you may do;
’Tis riches of mercy in Him to abide;
It pays to serve Jesus each day.


Though sometimes the shadows may hang o’er the way,
And sorrows may come to beckon us home,
Our precious Redeemer each toil will repay;
It pays to serve Jesus each day.