C.T. Studd was a rock star in his own day. He was an athlete, a cricketer. Everyone who followed the sport knew him and many others as well. He was a famous person. So, it was a shock when Studd and six other young men (known as the Cambridge Seven) left golden opportunities for success in England and traveled with Hudson Taylor to China. What could possess seven bright and talented young men to do such a thing. It was nothing in this world, that’s for sure.
C.T. Studd was born in 1860 to a wealthy family. He had all the advantages life could offer. At the age of 18 in 1878, he became a follower of Christ. The call to the mission field began to posses his heart and he answered that call and went to China with Taylor’s China Inland Mission. In China he met and married his first wife.
After15 years in China, Studd moved to Inda. There he served the mass of humanity who had never heard the name of Christ. After serving in Inda for seven years Studd came home and toured America calling young people to lay their lives on the altar of the mission field.
C.T. Studd was not built to be off the mission field very long. He once said, “Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” So, against the advice of his doctor and mission board, he was off to Africa to do pioneer mission work in the heart of the continent.
“Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”
Studd traveled the paths and rivers of Africa from 1910 until his death in 1931. He saw many converts and laid the groundwork for future missionaries. Studd was a man of deep faith and had an undistracted focus on the work of leading others to Christ. One of his own famous lines sums it up well, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
C.T. Studd had a burning passion to see people saved and God glorified. Nothing else seemed to matter to him. He once said, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.”
I wonder if we have any believers like C.T. Studd today? Only one thing really matters in the end: the glory of God. That one thing must be indelibly marked on the believer’s soul. Like C.T. Studd we must not be moved from the pursuit of the glory of God. Not hardship or sacrifice, not even failure should move us from the path of following Christ.
If God is real and the Bible is true, what else can ultimately matter. Many things matter. Only one thing ultimately matters. Each of us makes a choice every day; it is either my glory or God’s glory. Whose glory will it be for me?
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)