Time to Dare?
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11
History is full of stories of men and women – ordinary men and women like us – who saw their lives as a gift to be given back to God. They would go boldly, to the ends of the earth if necessary.
C.T. Studd (1860-1931) was one. He was a wealthy Englishman who, following a successful career as a cricketer, sold everything he had to take the Gospel to the nations. Though his family did all they could to persuade him not to go, he went anyway – first to China, then India, then Africa, putting his life at risk countless times for the sake of the good news of Jesus. He died on the mission field, aged 70.
Just before he died, Studd wrote the following powerful words: ‘The time for waiting is past! … Should such men as we fear? Before the whole world … before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God … We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only in our God than live trusting in man.’
Is the time for waiting over for you? Do you know and trust Him enough to respond to His call, knowing He’ll be there for you to bring all your efforts to good? Are we ready to live boldly for God – or do we ‘love our lives too much’ to dare?
Heavenly Father, help me heed Your call, knowing that my future is secure in You! Help me put it all on the line to follow You. In Jesus name, Amen