Studd read a tract written by an atheist that changed his life and
helped him to lead a life that prepared him to meet his God. The atheist touched on some
truths. He said, " If I look at the Christians, it confuses me. Millions of people
say they are Christians and claim to live like Christians. If I was a Christian, I would
not live as they do. I would throw all the pleasures of this world aside and dedicate my
whole life to God. I would consider all the things of this world as deceit. God would take
preference in everything I did. I would work for Him alone. My thoughts would be on
eternity. I would think about God and everything else would be worthless to me. If I could
win one soul to Christ, I would suffer everything for that. My thoughts would be on
eternal souls that live for eternity i.e. those souls that would later be in great
distress. My main theme would be what would it profit a man to gain everything and
loose his own soul." Thats what Studd did. He went to preach in Africa
and he died there in the jungle. Many others tried to do what Studd did but Studd sent
them back because they couldnt do what was expected of them.
In Mozambique, my heart broke. People dont have food or a
place to stay. Its a pity you cant cut yourself into pieces so that you could
help in different places. The dowry there is different. They give a pig, goat and some
chickens. The houses are very small and you hardly see a girl who doesnt have a
child. One wishes the leaders didnt just think of themselves. The people there need
the gospel. Woe to us if we dont wake up. That atheist said he would deny
everything. Moses said, "Lord teach us to number our days so that we will gain a
heart of wisdom." In Luke 12 we read about that man who was very wealthy but God
called him a fool. So there are some here who are fools. Moses left the riches of Egypt
and chose to suffer with the children of God. In Romans and Corinthians we read about
those who claim to be wise but are fools and exchange the glory of God and go into all
kinds of sins like homosexuality. If God is not the first and end of your life, you
dont know what you will end up in. That which was gain to me, I count as loss for
the greatness of knowing Jesus. Are we prepared to be regarded as fools on this earth so
that we can know His greatness? Someone said, "I gave myself to the Lord and my
friends think I am mad but I dont care." Then Paul mentioned all the things he
counts worthless because of Christ. There were ten virgins. They all had their lamps but
the bridegroom was longer than they expected and some of them didnt have enough oil.
They had no reserves. Ask yourself, "Do I have riches towards God?" How many
souls have you won? You only think of boys and girls but souls dont mean anything to
you. Five of the virgins were foolish. We call ourselves Christian but we fight and
slander each other and we are not filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. That man who
wrote that tract said," I wouldnt live as the Christians do. I would forsake
all." How many have you lead to Christ? What have you been busy with all these years?
It would be tragic if God had to say to you, "You are a fool." because you only
think of how much money you can earn. Or if you are at school, you should be winning the
children to the Lord. We dont know when we must appear before God. Uncle Joe told of
an nyanga who was sick and Uncle Joe went to visit the man. Uncle Joe confronted him and
asked the man where he would go if he should die? He said he would like to make right with
God. Uncle Joe only spoke to him about the Lord. Uncle Joe left and then he got a call to
say the man had died. Woe to that person who only thinks of himself. Think of this rich
man who had such a bumper crop and said, "I have now enough to drink and be happy for
a few years." But God said, " You fool." If you only think of money, the
time will come when God says you are a fool. God said, "This night I require your
soul of you." In Proverbs it says dont pursue riches. When you die will God
call you wise or a fool?
In England, Winston Churchill could speak very well but he said,
"What a fool I ve been." What will you say when you die. He had so much.
He was a political leader and I challenge the leaders of today. Moses said, "Woe to
you if you havent been wise."
In Amos it says,"Prepare to meet with God." God should
be the only one ruling in your life. Studd left his wife and children and went alone to
spread the gospel to the cannibals. He gave his riches to someone else. He gave a portion
to his wife and she said,"Arent you giving everything to Christ?" He gave
her 3000 pounds but she didnt want to take it. What is the Lords must be fully
his. You must give everthing to the Lord. Solomon prayed and God gave it to him.
A beautiful, intelligent girl in America was tops in her class.
She went to university. She was very popular at university and she was the best in sport
and academics. She even won the beauty contest. The mother said,"We wont miss
that event and we will buy you the best dress." After attending the ceremony, the
parents left and went home. After the main event the people stayed to party. When the
parents walked in to the house, a telephone rang. The nurse had very bad news. The
daughter was driving home and had met with an accident and was in a critical condition.
They rushed to the ICU. The girl was conscious. The mother spoke to her,"My girl, we
are here." The girl said, "Mother you taught me many things in life: how to hold
a wine glass and smoke but mother you didnt teach me how to die." But at that
crucial moment the mother didnt know how to pray or teach her about the Lord Jesus.
They taught her all about the things of this world but they didnt teach her how to
die. I challenge you parents. You cannot sleep peacefully at night if you have a child
that is not saved. All the worldly riches are there but none of the riches of heaven.
Rather fail at school than fail the heavenly test. May each of you be wise and not a fool.
Moses said, "Teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
My question today is are you a fool or are you wise? Ask yourself that today. Number the
days that God has given you. We dont even know how many days are left. If you are
not prepared to humble yourself, you are on the devils side and not on the
Lords side. Remember the five virgins that were left outside.