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CT Studd and God’s Reputation

As a young man, missionary Charles Thomas Studd (1860-1931) had everything going for him. A famous cricket champion during his Eton and Cambridge days, fame and success were his. But after his older brother George died, he started questioning it all. “What is all the fame and flattery worth,” he wondered, “when a man comes to face eternity?” 

“I knew that cricket would not last, and honour would not last. Nothing in this world would last,” he said, “but it was worthwhile living for the world to come.”

Only God’s kingdom is worth living for

Only God’s kingdom is worth living for.

CT, as he was known, was already a missionary in China when at age 25 he inherited £29,000. A veritable fortune for that time!

But he wanted to prove that we can rely on God who will always supply our needs. So he donated it all to orphanages and missions. All that is except for £3,400. That was his wedding gift to Priscilla, his bride-to-be.

But Priscilla was not about to let her husband outdo her, and she gave that away too.

Things couldn’t have always been easy for the Studds on the mission field. On one occasion Charles stated, “Funds are low again, hallelujah! That means God trusts us and is willing to leave His reputation in our hands.”

He saw hard times as an opportunity to show the world that God provides. That we can trust him to care for us. And that, in a certain sense, God’s reputation is in our hands.

The Studds left an outstanding example of faith and faithfulness. They firmly believed that no sacrifice could be too high for God. They gave both their fortune and their lives to serve the Lord on the mission field.

And they left us with the lesson that God trusts each of us with his reputation. He trusts us to show that he is faithful.

And left us with the lesson that no sacrifice is too great to make for him.

If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him. – C.T. Studd

God trusts us with his reputation

What a privilege! We are entrusted us with the reputation of almighty God, Creator of the universe!

For the Studds, this meant leaving everything to serve as foreign missionaries. They longed to share the peace and joy they’d found in knowing Christ. And to faithfully portray God’s character.

1. Are funds getting lower?

Are the cupboards bare? That’s when God trusts us to display the faith and peace he’s put in our hearts. The unshakeable peace that only He can give. He wants us to look to him in trust, knowing that he has only goodness planned for us.

2. You’ve argued or someone has wronged you?

God trusts us to extend forgiveness and restoration to others, just as he does to us. He waits for us to take the first step. To apologize even when we’re not in the wrong. And to extend the mercy and grace he bestows on us.

3. Do you fear what’s going on in the world?

God trusts us to show that his unwavering love casts out fear. To reach out with love, not retreat in fear. To give and keep on giving, no matter the cost.

And in this way we show who Christ is. We uphold his reputation. Because the only thing that some may ever know of Christ is what we show in our lives. What message of Christ are others receiving through us?

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18 replies on “CT Studd and God’s Reputation”

This is so helpful to me, Sheila. I love how Studd welcomed hardship as an avenue for God to show Himself faithful and reliant. That’s what I have learned but still at times recoil from hard times instead of welcoming them. Thank you for this post!

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I’m glad it encouraged you Patty. The Studd’s faith and faithfulness are so encouraging, even after so many years! I hope to learn from it and also be able to welcome everything, even hard times, as gifts from God’s hands. But I still have far to go!!

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“To reach out in love, not retreat in fear.” What powerful words–and what an amazing couple the Studds were. Looking upon challenges as opportunities to be trusted with God’s reputation. That is a perspective I’d love to develop! Thanks for this, Sheila!

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Yes, they had amazing faith and trust in God. And it is a powerful statement. Everything we say and do reflects on our Father. I find that extremely sobering. But also an awesome opportunity!

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“Funds are low again, hallelujah!” What a wonderful attitude of trust the Studds demonstrated. And I appreciated your questions, Sheila, that help extrapolate C.T.’s words into other areas besides finances. What came to my mind was, “The to-do list has grown long again, hallelujah! I get another chance to see how God will engineer these circumstances so everything works out in the end” (Romans 8:28)! Thank you, Sheila!

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Hi Nancy, I agree! C.T. Studd was an amazing man and missionary! I also love your addition to the list! And I guess we could also add to the to-do list: Hallelujah, the list is long again! Another chance to show how God can help me be patient and have more self-control! It is so amazing that he trusts us with all of this! Take care!

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C.T. Studd was an amazing man!! I can’t wait to meet him! That was such an amazing thought- that God TRUSTS us properly show who he is. Even though he knows how weak and faulty we are. It truly is amazing!

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I’m glad you found it helpful. The saddest thing I’m seeing, is that in the midst of the complex situation, political wrangling seems to take precedence over the people. Many refugees have become our friends. And as we visit the camps, we have two thoughts on constant replay. 1. Could God be using this crisis to bring people here just to finally be able to hear the Gospel? 2. Could he have put us here for just such a time as this? His hands, his feet, showing what his heart is like…? thanks for your imput from The Mount!

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We are certain God wants to use us share his love. That’s why we go! But it’s not we who do wonderful things. Rather HIM who does wonderful things through us, and in spite of us. Only he can give these people the assurance they need. Thanks for keeping us in prayer!

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The old missionaries have so much to teach us. I know I, personally, too often forget that with my thoughts, actions & words, I’m presenting a picture of Christ to those around me. Glad it blessed you, Tom.

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