Back in the 19th century, a young man by the name Charles Thomas Studd, founder of World Evangelization Crusade (1860 to 1931), was in church on a Sunday morning. When the offering bag reached him, he found out that his wallet had no cash.
He took a piece of paper and wrote, “I am offering myself to Christ to serve Him...
If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.” That note became his tithe & offering to Christ that morning!
After graduating from Cambridge University, Charles became a missionary to China under China Inland Missions (today’s OMF). Subsequently, he served in India and Africa.
At the age of 25, he inherited a large sum of money, yet felt led to give his entire fortune to Christ! "This was not a fool's plunge on his part. It was his public testimony before God and man that he believed God's Word to be the surest thing on earth, and that the hundred fold interest which God has promised in this life, not to speak of the next, is an actual reality for those who believe it and act on it."
Charles gave thousands of pounds away, even before knowing the exact amount of his inheritance!
In later years, Charles was stirred by the need for missionary work in Central Africa. Penniless, against doctor’s advice to travel, rejected financially by a Committee, yet told by God to go, C. T. once again staked all on obedience to God. As a young man he staked his career, in China he staked his fortune, for Africa he staked his life. "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."
When financial support became low, Charles proclaimed, "Funds are low again, hallelujah! That means God trusts us and is willing to leave His reputation in our hands."
Charles sailed, contrary to medical advice, for the heart of Africa in 1910, where he continued to work until his death in 1931.
What is the moral of the story? God takes note of our offering and will honor it!
In that simple act of worship, C.T. Studd presented himself as a living sacrifice to Christ. A simple act of worship and consecration resulted in a life-long service to Jesus Christ!
Studd continues to be best remembered by many for the poem, "Only One Life, 'Twill Soon Be Past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Mr Gn Chiang Tat