"You cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own." Jesus (Luke 14:33 NLT)
C.T. Studd accepted the Lord at the age of eighteen in 1878. However, as the son of wealthy parents and the captain of a well-known cricket squad, his new-found faith in Christ soon took a backseat to earthly pursuits. In his own words, C.T. writes, “Instead of going and telling others of the love of Christ, I was selfish and kept the knowledge to myself. The result was that gradually my love began to grow cold, and the love of the world began to come in. I spent six years in that unhappy backslidden state.”
Christ, though, would keep after C.T. By his mid-twenties, a fire for the Lord began to burn in him. At the age of twenty-five, he was set to inherit a large sum of money from his father. He chose to give most of that money away. Shortly thereafter, he left friends and family behind to serve the Lord first in China, then in India, and finally in Africa.
When asked how he could give up so much, C.T. often replied, “If Jesus Christ be God, and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”
So, how about you? What's Christ worth?