Spurred by an atheist? Yes, that’s just what happened to missionary C.T. Studd! His reading of the following statement, written by that atheist, spurred him to all-out dedication to Christ. And there are times in our own lives that we too need a bit of spurring on, don’t we? After reading the challenge from that anonymous atheist, I couldn’t help but think, “Lord, my life is so often far from this.”
Challenging quote from an uknown atheist:
“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 to me everything.
I would cast away earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and 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?”
Afterward, Studd was also inspired to write:
Some want to live within the sound
Of church or chapel bell.
I want to run a rescue shop
Within a yard of hell.
I think maybe I need to move into a different house or country. My mentality needs a lot of changing! How about yours?
Where do we live? And based on this, how firmly can we claim to believe?
Sobering thoughts. But these are sobering times in which we live.
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