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Pastor David’s Weekly Devotional
     Charles Thomas Studd, better known as C.T. Studd, was a British missionary.  He was born on December 2, 1860, in Spratton, United Kingdom, into a family of wealth and privilege.  C.T. became a Christian when a preacher, who was visiting in their home, implored him to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.  He would later state: “I got down on my knees and I did say ‘thank you’ to God.  And right then and there joy and peace came into my soul.  I knew then what it was to be ‘born again,’ and the Bible which had been so dry to me before, became everything.”

     In 1883 he graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1885 (at the age of 25) entered the mission field with Hudson Taylor in China (after hearing Taylor speak about the lost in China, C.T. along with six other students from Cambridge, known as the “Cambridge Seven”, dedicated their lives to serving China Inland Missions alongside Hudson Taylor).  C.T. Studd spent his life in dedicated service to the Lord, serving in China, India, and Africa.  When challenged as to why he was preparing for a life of inevitable hardship he replied, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”  C.T, died on July 16, 1931 at the age of 70.

     C.T. is perhaps most famous for a poem that he wrote:

Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling 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 Judgment 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 fulfill, 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 fervor 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.

Together in and for Christ,
Pastor David

Scripture Readings for the Week (Monday – Sunday ~ Week #16):
Exodus 9-12; 1 Samuel 26-31; Psalm 45-47; Job 31-32; Jeremiah 17-21; Mark 11-12; 1 Corinthian 15-16
Recommended Reading: “The Knowledge of the Holy” by A.W. Tozer

1 Comment


Jacque Almodovar - April 23rd, 2022 at 10:53am

This is worth meditating on every day. I have heard this before, but never been impacted by it as I am today.