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Discover the Book - Aug. 26, 2007

  • 2007 Aug 26

Communion: Our Pledge to the Lamb

Part 2 continued from August 25th





C. T. Studd


Hello my name is CT Studd. I was born in 1858 to an incredible successful English family with vast real estate and business interests all over the British Colonial Empire.


When my father died in the 1880’s, I inherited a substantial amount of money—several hundred thousand dollars in my day, tens of millions in yours.

My pledge of allegiance to Christ took me from the comforts of great wealth to the discomforts of missionary service to the glories of heaven. Jesus never failed me for a moment. On January 13th, 1887, I wrote nine checks and gave away my fortune as carefully as a businessman invests in some ‘gilt-edged’ securities. I chose safe and high yielding securities in the Bank of Heaven. This was no fool’s plunge on my part. It was my public testimony before God and man that I believed God’s Word to be the surest thing on earth. God promised me an hundredfold interest in this life, not to speak of the next. This became a reality for me like all those who believe God's Word and act on it.


On July 3, 1888, I wrote[5] the following letter to General Booth the founder of the Salvation Army explaining why my new bride and I gave everything to God:


“Henceforth our bank is in heaven. You see we are rather afraid—notwithstanding the great earthly safety of the Bank of England—we are, I say, rather afraid that they may both break on the Judgment Day. And this step has been taken not without most definite reference to God’s Word, and the command of the Lord Jesus, Who said, “Sell that ye have and give alms. Make for yourselves purses which wax not old.” ’


 When we had given all our money away, I packed up my new bride, and went to Africa as missionaries for the rest of our days. That is the gift of giving that God prompted in my heart and all those with me who love Him more than life!


My ambition[6] and prayer had always been to die a soldier's death on the field of battle, and not be a drag on my fellow-workers through months or years as an invalid.  I was a museum of diseases when I left China, and was afterwards hardly ever free. I had a life long battle with asthma, recurring malaria and dysentery as well as the chills and pains of gallstones ever with me in varying combination. Yet God enabled me to go on working not 8 but 18 hours a day, addressing, often for hours, thousands of his fellow-creatures in the heart of Africa’s darkest jungles, telling them of Jesus Christ and the wonders of His Love-and this to the very end of my days. 


But only those who were with me can realize the sufferings of those last two years of 1930 and 1931. I experienced dreadful weakness, nausea, heart attacks, but, worst of all, those terrible attacks of breathlessness and violent shivering. I used to turn a dark hue and my heart almost stopped beating. The cause of all this was not discovered till on my deathbed, when a doctor present diagnosed it as gallstones. Yet the joy of those years far outweighed the suffering, for God had given me to see the two great desires of his heart: unity amongst the missionaries and manifest evidences of the Holy Ghost at work amongst the natives. 

Think about what came out of the gift of my life to Christ: through the fortune I gave to Christ? Hudson Taylor was helped in the founding of the China Inland Mission, George Mueller’s orphanages were expanded in London, great Salvation Army extensions were made, and the founding of the Moody Bible Institute. In Africa at my death there were 30,000 born again, baptized and discipled pygmies whom I found in 1910 as naked, murderous, grossly immoral cannibals butchering each other in the darkest jungles of Africa. I now sing around the Throne of the Lamb, clothed in white raiment and worshiping Jesus.


That is how the Spirit of God operates. Do you see yourself loving Jesus more than life? If you do, be obedient[7] because there will be tremendous joy.




My name you may know, it is Jim Elliott. I was born in Oregon in 1927. I would be 76 this year were I still there with you on earth.  My pledge of allegiance to Christ touched my heart with the reality that my life was best invested with the Lord. I used to often tell people, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jesus said hold on to life and all your stuff and it gets burned up and wasted, give it to Him now and it lasts forever, it really not a big choice once you really think about it.


Soon after graduating from college, I wrote in my diary: “God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life that I may burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life but a full one like You, Lord Jesus.”


In 1948, I wrote in my journal, “I seek not a long life, but a full one, like You, Lord Jesus.”

Two years later, I wrote: “I must not think it strange if God takes in youth those whom I would have kept on earth till they were older. God is peopling Eternity, and I must not restrict Him to old men and women.” 


God wanted to use my four comrades and me in a special way. We were called on January 8, 1956, to “people Eternity”. We were slain by the people they were seeking to reach. As the savage and godless Aucas charged our camp and filled these earthly bodies of ours with their spears and arrows our spirits clothed immortal winged their flight to the very Throne of God. We were clothed with white robes and allowed to face His presence and join in the song of heaven. What has happened to the Aucas since then is proof that our blood as martyrs is indeed the seed of the church. Many Aucas are now Christians. 


“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev. 2:10) Jesus said and He has. I am so thankful I have this crown to cast at His feet and tell Him I didn’t waste my life He gave me. I loved Him more than my own self and now my joy is inexpressibly full of glory.

Well there they are, testimonies of allegiance to Christ. Are you pledging allegiance to Him today. Are you renewing your pledge? Thus the Lord's Table is a time we stand as God's people and with the pictures of Jesus in our hands and on our lips we declare a pledge of absolute loyalty to our Lord Jesus Christ!


Revelation 22:3-4 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.


Thus as God's people we declare a pledge of absolute loyalty to our Lord Jesus Christ! It would be safe to say that Jesus only expects the same and even more that Caesar. Listen to what our Lord Jesus Christ expects:


• "I will obey the commands of my King” Mark 8:34-37 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.35 “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.36 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 “Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?


• “I will serve the Lord to the best of my ability at all times” Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


• “I will always following the written words of my God”, John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.


• “I will never leave the gathered regiment and flee from any battle” John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.28 “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.29 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand; Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they was of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.


• “I seek the Lord’s well done as most important to me” Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you; Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.


• “Lord, you are dearer to me than myself or my children".  Matthew 10:37-39 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.39 “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

[1] William Barclay, The Lord's Supper 1967, Abingdon Press (128) [NTC-MATTHEW-35], p.7.

[2] William Barclay, The Lord's Supper 1967, Abingdon Press (128) [NTC-MATTHEW-35], p.7.

[3] (Trusting God [Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1988], 195-96.  Newton quotation from John Newton, The Works of John Newton [reprint; Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1985], 5:621-22; emphasis in original.)

[4] Boice, Mind Renewal, p. 56-57.

[5] (Norman Grubb, C. T Studd [Fort Washington, Pa.: Christian Literature Crusade, 1972] pp. 59–62. Used by permission).

[6] Norman Grubb, CT Studd, p. 216-217.

[7] MacArthur, John, Spiritual Gifts, (Chicago, IL: Moody Press) 1997.






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