- Who we are
- What we do
At the end of last week’s Bible talk, I read a famous poem by Charles Studd, a British missionary and international cricketer. According to Wikipedia:
“As a cricketer he played for England in the 1882 match won by Australia which was the origins of The Ashes. As a British Protestant Christian missionary to China he was part of the Cambridge Seven, and later was responsible for setting up the Heart of Africa Mission which became the Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade (now WEC International).”
He was a man with a great passion for seeing the world evangelised for Jesus, and did this at his own personal cost.
As requested by a number of people on Sunday, here is a link to the poem for which he is so famous: http://hockleys.org/2009/05/quote-only-one-life-twill-soon-be-past-poem/
Here is the final verse of this great poem:
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. ”
It’s been a big week for sport, with success at the State of Origin, and a great performance at the FIFA World Cup.
We Aussies love our sport, and for many people, it’s the closest thing to organised ‘religion’.
Some joke that their favourite sport is the one that will be played in Heaven.
The Bible doesn’t tell us about whether or not there will be sport in heaven, let alone which game will be played.
But if sport is played then the umpire’s decisions will be fair, players won’t get injured, and no-one will ever grow weary.
But what is certain is this: Jesus will be the man of the match, as we celebrate his achievement of the greatest victory of all.
Jesus is victorious over sin and death, and all of us who trust in him will join in the spoils of his achievement for us.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? […] But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55, 57)