When God calls you to serve him

Find a person in the Bible who was called by God and he joined an organization, followed its dictates and his life ended inconsequentially?

When God calls you to serve him
Salt with Savour

You cannot find such people in the Bible. Therefore, you should not expect to find such a person in the real world, who are truly called by God. Men of God are the ones with Savour(Matt 5:13). Just as the Salt, They do not make themselves visible. However, their absence will easily be noticed because they change the taste.

When White clad draped wolves camouflage as Servants of God and trick their brainwashed followers, do they ever think the gravity of their trickery? People called by God has a mission at hand. Look into all the Holy men in the Bible. They did not deviate from their mission by joining a religious corporation. For them, the hurdles never mattered.

Here we have a gang of imposters(savourless salts) in TPM who are lazy to earn their bread. They propagate devious and blasphemous doctrines which go against the gospel of Christ. Living a life of ease, these Servants of Devil have no clue what they are doing. They will meet their master when they breathe their last.

Contrast them with C T Studd who is a beacon of light that shined for Christ in the Dark World of Sin.

His Initial years

The youngest of the three sons born to Edward Studd, Charles Thomas Studd (1860-1931) was a skilled, all-rounder, famous English Cricketer who excelled with both bat and ball. In 1882, he became only the second Englishman to achieve the ‘double’ of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in a season. When aged only 21, he scored a century for the Cambridge University and was picked to play for England, helping them to win The Ashes in Australia in 1882-83. A great career looked to be stretching ahead of him, yet he gave it all for Christ, as he quoted, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”

After coming under the power of D.L Moody’s preaching, Charles’ father was soundly converted in 1875. A year later, he and his brothers also received Christ, and he later recalled the moment: “I got down on my knees and I did say ‘thank you’ to God. And right then and there joy and peace came into my soul. I knew then what it was to be ‘born again’, and the Bible which had been so dry to me before became everything.”

When God calls you to serve him

Unfortunately, Charles did not share his faith with others. As a consequence, he became spiritually cold and continued to love playing cricket. In 1883, after 6 years as a backslider, he was restored to God at one of Moody’s meetings in Cambridge. He never regretted that he played cricket, although he regretted that he had allowed it to become an idol. By applying himself to the game, he learned lessons of courage, self-denial and endurance, which after his life had fully consecrated to Christ, were used in His service. The man who went all out to be an expert cricket player later went all out to glorify his Saviour and extend His kingdom.

The Revival

Now with a vision for souls, Charles endeavoured to win his friends for the Gospel and two of his friends were converted at Moody’s meetings. He realized that he still lacked power in his life as he had not fully yielded his life to Christ. When he finally did, he had a deep experience of the Spirit of God and was perfectly at peace. From then on, his life took a completely new course.

Called to China as a missionary, Charles was accepted by Hudson Taylor as an associate member of the China Inland Mission (CIM). His decision caused a sensation in the public press and lit the flame for the Student Volunteer Movement (SVM). Though he was an indifferent speaker, his personal testimony captivated the crowds and many volunteered for overseas missions. Of his missionary work, he said, “Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”

He was one of the ‘Cambridge Seven’ who left England in 1865 to face the challenges and sacrifices involved. They were dedicated and courageous young men, whose testimonies were printed and received by the Queen of England. But the approval of a higher Sovereign mattered most of all to them.

Marriage and work in China

On his 25th birthday, Charles received an inheritance from his father, which in the light of Christ’s teaching he decided to give to Christian work. He gave most of the money away to those who helped the poor. On 13th January 1887, he sent off four cheques of £5000 each to Moody, Muller, Holland of Whitechapel and Booth Tucker of India. Other cheques went to Barnado, Archibald Brown and the Misses McPherson and Smyly, and some of the remainder to CIM. A few months later he married Priscilla Stewart, a CIM missionary, and they gave the rest of their money away, leaving five dollars and some bedding. They intended to start their married life by obeying the Lord and living by faith. During their marriage service, they knelt down and made a promise to God and to each other, “We will never hinder one another from serving Thee.”

Their early married years were tough; they went about in fear of their lives and were taunted as  ‘foreign devils’. They survived, and eventually, a break-through came when they found the magic lantern to be an especially useful tool in their evangelism, and many were won to Christ.  Charles later said, “Had I cared for the praise/comments of people, I should never have been a missionary.” He also spent much of his time running an Opium Refuge where over a period of seven years he cared for about 800 addicts.

Both Charles and his wife were ill during their years in China, and in 1893 he nearly died. Priscilla gave birth to four girls, each one delivered without the care of a doctor, and two sons who died in their infancy. Their oldest daughter Grace was 5 years old when they returned to England in 1894. Charles spent eighteen months touring colleges in America at the invitation of Moody. In the Student Volunteer Movement, as he spoke to the students, they were interested in what he said and asked him many questions. The student revival had spread there following the call of the Cambridge Seven. Many of the students committed their lives to serve in foreign missions.

Work in India and Africa

He wanted to return to China, but when his door closed he decided it was his opportunity to fulfil a family responsibility and take the Gospel to India, where his father had made his fortune. He spent six months in Tirhoot, North India, and then went to South India where he became a pastor. The highlight of this period was the conversion of all his four daughters who were baptized on the same day. Many British officials and villagers also received Christ. He preached in India till 1906. He had great joy in serving the Lord, as he quoted, “My only joys, therefore, are that when God has given me a work to do, I have not refused it.”

Once again the Studds was forced to return to England, this time as a result of Charles’ frequent severe asthma attacks. While living in Liverpool in the year 1908, an amusing notice ‘Cannibals want missionaries’ drew his attention to the needs of Africa. He discovered that while traders, hunters and officials had ventured into the interior, there were areas where no Christians had taken the Gospel. He quoted, “Real Christians revel in desperate ventures for Christ, expecting from God great things and attempting the same with exhilaration.” At the end of 1910, despite many oppositions, Charles sailed to Sudan, Africa. God spoke to him and said, ‘This trip is not merely for Sudan; it is for the whole unevangelized world.’ He said, “Gentlemen, God has called me to go, and I will go. I will blaze the trail, though my grave may only become a stepping stone that younger men may follow.” He found that beyond Sudan lay Belgian Congo(now Zaire), where there was a vast number of people without the Gospel.

Charles started his own missionary society called Heart of Africa Missions (HAM). Although his wife approved, she wasn’t well enough to accompany him; instead, he took a young Cambridge graduate called Alfred Buxton. They went to Congo in the year 1913 and established four mission stations among the natives.

A mission was established at Nala where ten years previously soldiers had been killed, cooked and eaten by the natives. Despite language problems, there were many conversions, but Charles’ heart condition made it necessary for him to return home to rest. His wife had not been idle during his absence, had established a headquarter at Upper Norwood, South London and launched an appeal for help in reaching the non-evangelized.

When God calls you to serve himCharles was completely dependent on the Holy Spirit. In a magazine article, he wrote that “Christ’s call was not to scoffers but sinners to repentance…to raise living churches of souls among the destitute, to capture men from the Devil’s clutches and snatch them from the very jaw of hell, to enlist and train them for Jesus, and make them an almighty army of God. But this can only be accomplished by red-hot, unconventional, unfettered Holy Spirit religion…(and) by reckless sacrifice and heroism in the foremost trenches.” And later he said, “How little chance the Holy Spirit has nowadays, the churches and missionary societies have so bound Him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.”

Charles demanded and expected a total dedication to the Lord and to the new Mission, and always set his crusaders an example. When he left for Congo in 1916 he was accompanied by eight new missionaries, including his daughter Edith, all of whom were prepared to be ‘lively heroes for Christ’. For the remainder of his time, he centred his work on Nala and later at Ibambi. The Mission flourished; thousands accepted ‘the way to heaven’ and were baptized and further stations were opened. In spite of ill-health in the year 1919, he was thrilled to see Africans becoming leaders in their churches and others going out as evangelists.

The Closing Chapters of Life

Charles pushed himself to the limit to overcome his physical weakness, doing all he could to win souls while there was still time as he quoted, “How could I spend the best years of my life in living for the honours of this world when thousands of souls are perishing every day?” Such was his dedication that the committee back home was disturbed,  and the Heart of Africa Mission was described as ‘one of the craziest missionary societies’. He said, “Sometimes I feel that my cross is heavy beyond endurance. My heart seems worn out and bruised beyond repair, and in my deep loneliness I often wish to be gone, but God knows best and I want to do every ounce of work He wants me to do.”

In 1922, the Mission expanded and opened up mission fields in other parts of the world – South America, Central Asia and West Africa – and took the new title of World Evangelisation Crusade(WEC). In more recent years, the work has spread to India and has further branched out to include Christian Literature Crusade. Today WEC stands as a testimony to a remarkable visionary, whose fruit remains in over 50 countries where over 1000 full-time workers preach the Gospel.

After a separation of twelve years, Mrs Studd paid two weeks to visit to her husband at Ibambi; it was the last time they were together before her death and it was then that some of the Africans realized the sacrifice their Bwana Mukubwa(Big Boss) had paid to bring them the Gospel. During his last two years, Charles’ health deteriorated rapidly; he contracted fever and suffered a number of heart attacks. One Sunday, after conducting a five-hour meeting for the Africans, he died the following Thursday.

Having gone to four continents during his life, Charles was a truly global missionary. He demonstrated what it means to follow Jesus Christ without counting the cost and without looking back. He had said, “I pray that when I die, all hell will have a party to celebrate the fact that I am no longer in the fight.” A soldier life he lived and a soldier life he died.


When God calls you to serve himTwo little lines I heard one day,
Travelling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.
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.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfil,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervour 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.

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee

                                                                                             C.T. Studd


Bibliography
Benge, Janet & Benge, Geoff, C.T. Studd: No Retreat
Welford, John, C.T. Studd: A Cricketer Who Became a Missionary
Hanks, Geoffrey, 70 Great Christians
Grubb, Norman P., C.T. Studd – Cricketer and Pioneer

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5 Comments on “When God calls you to serve him”

  1. As soon as I saw an article about C.T. Studd, some things came to my mind. I have read a biography of his daughter Edith Buxton. In that she describes how she and her siblings were fed bird feed while in China after their parents (Studd and his wife) have given away all their inheritance to gospel work. Contrast this with the TPM workers who give their share of inheritance to the organization and live on SUMPTUOUS CHOICE MEALS.

    Studd traveled to Congo (heart of Africa) from South Africa in a cycle and encountered cannibals on his way (gave them buttons and they gave him sweet potatoes to eat). He endured so much of hardship. TPM has the best of transport and they spend lakhs or crores on vehicles and they have their laity who go head over heals to serve them.

    His daughter wanted milk powder from England for her child who was born in missionary field in Africa but Charles would not agree to it. He wanted his daughter to live like locals and hence daughter would return to England. Contrast it with the TPM way of treatment – First class for clergy and cattle class for laity.

    He gave around Rs. 100 crores of his inheritance in today’s value to gospel work but he says he got 20 times back, but again GAVE IT ALL BACK TO THE KINGDOM WORK. He never built huge buildings like these TPM workers or spent the money covering up murder, adultery, etc.

    I can go on and on….Studd has been a great inspiration and encouragement since I read him, whom I like very much next to Apostle Paul and Charles Spurgeon.

    Good work Admin brother…

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  2. Very inspiring write up of a true man of God. Contrast this with what our beloved TPM leaders do, they jet-set throughout the TPM world preaching the same poo to their faithful year in year out. They call themselves the only true servants of god. Charles Studd is a true man of God and his poem is so beautiful.

    On the contrary if our friend, Empty, the assistant cheap pastor of TPM were to write the same poem. it would sound something like this…

    Only what’s done for TPM will last.
    Only one life, yes only one,
    Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
    Then, in ‘that day’ my TPM lords to meet,
    And sit with them on Satan’s Zion seat;
    Only one life,’ twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for TPM will last.

    Only one life, the shrill screaming voice,
    roughly demands for a bitter choice
    Bidding me TPM’s selfish aims to cling,
    And to TPM’s unholy will to cleave;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for TPM will last.

    Only one life, a many long years,
    Each with its ease, pleasures and vice;
    Each with its heresies I must fulfil,
    living for God or in TPM’s will;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for TPM will last.

    When the True Gospel would test me sore,
    When Christ would a victory score;
    When Truth would seek to have its way,
    Then help me Chief Pastor with great zeal to say;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for TPM will last.

    Give me Chief Pastor, a purpose deep,
    In joy or sorrow TPM’s false doctrines to keep;
    Faithful and true whatever the strife,
    Pleasing TPM in my daily life;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for TPM will last.

    Oh, let my hatred for the True Gospel with fervor burn,
    And from The Holy Bible now let me turn;
    Living for TPM, and TPM alone,
    Bringing Satan pleasure on TPM’s throne;
    Only one life, “twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for TPM will last.

    Only one life, yes only one,
    Now let me say,” TPM’s will be done”;
    And when at last I’ll hear The True Master’s call,
    I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
    I know I’ll say, “was it worth it all”;
    Only one life,’ twill soon be too late,
    Only what’s done for TPM will not last.

    Only one life, ’twill soon be too late,
    Only what’s done for TPM will not last.
    And when I am dying, how miserable I’ll be,
    If the lamp of my life has been burned out for TPM

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  3. Truly inspiring.
    During period of ignorance with TPM all life was wasted with futile attending of churches and returning back as a unchanged man.
    Now in this transition period when Lord opened our eyes, and after reading this post… it makes me think what did I do for Christ….answer was a resounding Nothing.
    It is now truly upto us to act and bring as much people out of darkness.
    TPM will ONLY say WE CAN ONLY OFFER REPEATED CHANTING OF PRAISES (FUTILE) IN EXCHANGE……….BUT NO ONE WILL EVER MENTION ABOUT MAKING DISCIPLES. THAT IS ONE BIG INDICATOR ( FOR THOSE WHO CAN SEE) THAT THIS CULTS OBJECTIVE IS 90 DEGREE WITH LORDS OBJECTIVES.
    What also struck me was his quote ” “How little chance the Holy Spirit has nowadays, the churches and missionary societies have so bound Him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.”

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    1. One major mark of cult in TPM is the way they treat the former adherents. When one withdraws from TPM, they are shunned. The “flocks” are commanded not to be in “touch” with any of those “back sliders”. They are threatened of God’s curse(and also excommunication) if they are in touch.. They treat such “backsliding” as a leprosy.
      But what the blind believers don’t know or understand is that such teaching is in direct contrast to the great commission to the church and the nature of Christ. It was He who left the 99 sheep and went after the lost (backslidden) sheep.
      TPM’s main problem is, if these flocks visit the “back sliders”, they will also be enlighted and leave

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  4. @aADMN…. “When he finally did, he had a deep experience of the Spirit of God and was perfectly at peace. From then on, his life took a completely new course.”

    This is an excellent and inspiring EPISODE on C.T. STUDD that will surely open up a new chapter on the very gospel front for which our SAVIOUR asked us to do in MARK 16:15
    As missionary why did Paul should make up for his living by making Tents?
    God knew pretty well that CLERGY and LAITY in the form of RCM/.CPM /TPM/ JW would crop up in the future times ,He took all the CARE needed through the Pauls GOSPEL writings as to how to live and spend the spare time that we live.
    If you compare the spare time of the TPM/CPM clergy in the day to the time to Apostle Paul’s time , there is so much of disparity, Many abuses are being committed in the spare time.FREE WILL of man comes into force .
    What is the spare time that these CULT CLERGY is engaging in this 20/21 th century?
    They have the latest gadgets of CELL PHONES that they can indulge in to make the time suit to their convenience.Not accordinng to God’s Will.

    For those younger /elder brothers who don’t have any access to use these gadgets in the F.Hs, the Laity is ready to provide them anyway whithout the knowledge of the CP,all these comforts come to them.Then for these CP comforts, the sky is the limit.They TATA SUMOs at thier command or the latest cars as provided by the faithful laity they have.
    This is one of the chief reasons why the laity are squrely responsible for spreading these illegal and
    unlawful activities being committed in the F.Hs.
    That is the reason why all the saved believers are exhorted by the Scriptures that they are as told in 1 PETER 2:5 ,& 2:9.
    The church needs thousands of the likes of cricketers like C.T.STUDDS and many thousands of Christian professional people to finish evangelizing the world, like engineers, scientists, business people, health care workers, athletes, agriculturists, computer technicians, media specialists and educators of all kinds–tentmakers who can integrate work and witness in the Twenty-first century as the Apostle Paul did in the First century.
    But how much did the Apostle Paul actually work at tentmaking?
    How much did he receive in donor gifts?
    Why did he do manual labor at all?
    Is his strategy applicable in our modern world?
    Before we examine these questions, we must consider what contemporary tentmakers do and why so many more are needed.
    We will consider first the practical rationale for modern tentmaking and then Paul’s timeless reasons.

    Who is a tentmaker?
    Tentmakers are missions-motivated Christians who support themselves in secular work as they do cross-cultural evangelism on the job and in free time. They may be business entrepreneurs, salaried professionals, paid employees, expenses-paid voluntary workers, or Christians in professional exchange, funded research, internship or study abroad programs. They can serve at little or no cost to the church. Regular missionaries, on the other hand, receive donor support channeled through a mission agency or church.
    Regular CULT missions, on the other hand, receive donor support channeled through a mission agency or church. They are perceived as religious workers even if they use skills like nursing or teaching, because they work under the auspices of Christian institutions. In between these two equally excellent ministry models are hybrids–all of them valid as long as they are open and honest. Some tentmakers supplement a low salary with modest donor gifts, and some missionaries take part-time work in a secular institution like a school or university, for extra support or for contact with non-believers. Mission agencies send some of their personnel to enhance their organizational credibility. God leads some Christians to alternate between tentmaking and donor support at different times.
    Apostle Paul beonnged to that category.Infact if you to rural areas of INDIA,SRILANKA,NEPAL,there were many missionaries like PANDITA RAMA BAI,PUSHOTTAM CHAUDARY took part-time work in a secular institution like a school or university, for extra support or for contact with non-believers. Mission agencies send some of their personnel to enhance their organizational credibility. God leads some Christians to alternate between tentmaking and donor support at different times.

    May I request our dear ADMN brother to initiate a thorough debate or rather prepare an EPISODE that present a deeper thought on the truth of TENT MAKING that Aopstle Paul introduced for spreading the GOSPEL NEWS to the dying destitutes of this world.

    Let the CULTS do their business of misleading the people. but we will be led by the will of God as He leads us in the end times.

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