Are we really sold out for Jesus?

“If I firmly believed, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, then religion would mean everything to me.

I would cast away earthly feelings as vanity.

Religion would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness.

I should labor in its cause alone.

I would take thought for the morrow of eternity alone.

I would esteem one soul gained for heaven worth a life of suffering.

Earthly consequences would never stay my hand, or seal my lips.

Earth, its joys and its griefs, would occupy no moment of my thoughts. I would strive to look upon eternity alone, and on the immortal souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable.

I would go forth to the world and preach to it in season and out of season, and my text would be: What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

Powerful dedication eh? Well, these are the words an atheist wrote and which CT Studd read. Words that spurred Studd to give up his massive fortune and title, and serve the Lord in China, India and eventually die alone in a jungle shack in Africa.

Then there are these words from Jim Elliot who was speared to death in the late 50’s in the Equadorian jungle for the name of Jesus Christ: “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he can never lose.”

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Bob Chapman MA


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