Thoughts & Suggestions | CT Studd: Cricketer, Pioneer
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.
Over the past few years, Christian biography has become one of my favorite genres. Although sometimes they're a bit hard to read (for several different reasons), I think it's extremely valuable to read about the lives of men who faithfully followed God. And although he certainly had his flaws, I do believe CT Studd was one of these men.
CT Studd was born in England in 1860, where he was an all-England cricketer until he left everything to follow Jesus. In 1885, he went to China as a missionary with Hudson Taylor (whose autobiography is honestly one of the best I've ever read). He later met his wife, married, and eventually left China for health reasons. He also spent time in India, but most of his missionary efforts were in Africa, where he would eventually die.
It's definitely possible to find error in Studd's theology and practice (which, for me, made his biography challenging to read), but not in his motivation and passion. He lived a life of total dependence on the Lord and intense passion for those without Christ to come to know Him. He's known for saying things like, "Some want to live within the sound of a church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell" and "God has called me to go, and I will go. I will blaze a train though my grave may only become a stepping stone that younger men may follow."
May we all have this type of passion that God would be glorified through the nations truly coming to know Him.
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.
- C.T. Studd