Focal Passage: Luke 9:20-26, 57-62
C.T. Studd lived from 1860-1931. The majority of his life was spent on the mission field to China, India and Africa. He is perhaps most well-known for his life’s motto, “If Jesus Christ be God, and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” As a young man, C.T. left England in February 1885 following Hudson Taylor into China.
Giving up the ease of his family’s wealth, C.T. sought to comfort his mother as he left for the mission field. He wrote: “Mother dear, I do pray God to show you that it is such a privilege to give up a child to be used of God to saving poor sinners who have never even heard of the name of Jesus.”
I believe in many ways C.T.’s life reflected the focal passage of our lesson. Jesus said, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses and forfeits himself?”
Can you imagine someday standing before our Savior, having lived the bulk of our lives focused on our own material gain and comfort; wasting precious moments on temporal matters that will make no difference in eternity? Jesus’ words are calling us to life that is fully committed to Him.
Are you taking up His cross daily and following Him? Reflect on the following quote from C.T. Studd and ask yourself. “Whose call am I following?”
C.T. writes: “Last June at the mouth of the Congo there awaited a thousand prospectors, traders, merchants and gold seekers, waiting to rush into these regions as soon as the government opened the door to them, for rumour declared that there is an abundance of gold.
If such men hear so loudly the call of gold and obey it, can it be that the ears of Christ’s soldiers are deaf to the call of God? Are gamblers for gold so many, and gamblers for God so few?”