An Honorable Testimony!

As I was growing up, I lived in Kalamazoo, MI and spent many hours (and dollars) at a fast-food restaurant created by James Vander Horst. Mr. Vander Horst was a deeply committed Christian and left a wonderful imprint on the Christian Community in Kalamazoo. You could always depend on him to support any Christian outreach. Many times, he donated Chicken for our youth activities.

He founded Chicken Coop in 1966 and dedicated every store to the Lord’s work. On every bucket and drink, they sold was written the line for C.T. Studd:

“Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

According to his family, his parting words were “Believe in Jesus and read your Bible!

What a wonderful testimony!

Now, I don’t know much about Studd, but he sure seemed to understand what matters most. More importantly, he knew Jesus. Here’s his poem:

Only One Life
By C.T. Studd

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling 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 fulfill,
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 fervor 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.

Here’s the deal: I have always felt that the Lord expects us to be stewards of our lives. As Moses wrote:

Each of us lives for 70 years—
    or even 80 if we are in good health . . .
Teach us to number each of our days
    so that we may grow in wisdom
” (Psalm 90:10, 12).

That, my friends, is sound wisdom concerning how we are to govern our lives!

This morning, I want you to honestly examine whether you are wisely investing your time for our Lord’s Glory? Are you living a life that draws people to Him? Do the people who know you, see evidence of the “real deal”? A few days ago, I sent a message entitled, “Are You A Christian? Who Says So?” That is what I was asking. Ask yourself whether you have spent your days with eternity in mind?

Larry Tomczak, a best-selling author and an adviser with Liberty Counsel, recently wrote an article, where he compared the two Sauls in the Bible (King Saul and Saul of Tarsus).

“One’s exit statement was pathetic, ‘. . . I’ve acted like a fool and made a terrible mistake’ (I Samuel 26:21b).

“The other Saul, [who, for outreach, took the Gentile rendition of his name and changed it to Paul], departed in triumph:

‘My life is coming to an end, and it is now time for me to be poured out as a sacrifice to God. I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. The prize that shows I have God’s approval is now waiting for me. The Lord, who is a fair judge, will give me that prize on that day. He will give it not only to me but also to everyone who is eagerly waiting for him to come again (II Timothy 4:6-8).'”

Those are excellent comparisons! Entirely different don’t you think? But here’s the thing: Which of those two attitudes reflects your life? What will those closest to you say about you after you die? A day is coming when you are laying on your bed, ready to, as Tomczak quotes, “pass through the valley of the shadow of death,” let’s hope that those who remember you, can testify to your faithfulness to our Lord.

Nickolas
Doulos Studies

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