In my sermon on January 27, I used the following quote by C. T. Studd, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him”. Here are some additional quotes by him that challenge and motivate me.
Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.
Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible, by faith in the omnipotence, fidelity, and wisdom of the Almighty Saviour Who gave the command. Is there a wall in our path? By our God we will leap over it! Are there lions and scorpions in our way? We will trample them under our feet! Does a mountain bar our progress? Saying, ‘Be thou cast into the sea,’ we will march on. Soldiers of Jesus! Never surrender!
Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.
I realized that my life was to be one of simple, childlike faith, and that my part was to trust, not to do. I was to trust in Him and He would work in me to do His good pleasure. From that time my life was different.
Sometimes I feel… that my cross is heavy beyond endurance… My heart seems worn out and bruised beyond repair, and in my deep loneliness I often wish to be gone, but God knows best, and I want to do every ounce of work He wants me to do.
Funds are low again, hallelujah! That means God trusts us and is willing to leave His reputation in our hands.
How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays. The churches and missionary societies have so bound Him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.
True religion is like the smallpox. If you get it, you give it to others and it spreads.
Had I cared for the comments of people, I should never have been a missionary.
…I do not say, Don’t play games or cricket and so forth. By all means play and enjoy them, giving thanks to Jesus for them. Only take care that games do not become an idol to you as they did to me. What good will it do to anybody in the next world to have been the best player that ever has been? And then think of the difference between that and winning souls for Jesus.
Real Christians revel in desperate ventures for Christ, expecting from God great things and attempting the same with exhilaration.
C.T. Studd’s poem, “Only One Life”, contains the following 8 verses:
Two little lines I heard one day, travelling along life’s busy way; bringing conviction to my heart, and from my mind would not depart; only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, yes only one, soon will its fleeting hours be done; then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, and stand before His judgement seat; only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, the still small voice, gently pleads for a better choice; bidding me selfish aims to leave, and to God’s holy will to cleave; only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, a few brief years, each with its burdens, hopes, and fears; each with its days I must fulfil, living for self or in His will; only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
When this bright world would tempt me sore, when Satan would a victory score; when self would seek to have its way, then help me Lord with joy to say; only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
Give me Father, a purpose deep, in joy or sorrow Thy word to keep; faithful and true whate’er the strife,
pleasing Thee in my daily life; only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
Oh let my love with fervour burn, and from the world now let me turn; living for Thee, and Thee alone, bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne; only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, yes only one, now let me say, “Thy will be done”; and when at last I’ll hear the call, I know I’ll say “‘Twas worth it all”; only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”