Galatians 1:15-16, But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Romans 15:20-21, Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: 21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.
2 Corinthians 10:16, To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.
Paul understood that, even prior to his birth, God had a purpose and plan for his life. And by the way, God has a purpose and plan for your life and mine also.
In Galatians 1:15-16, Paul makes it clear that he understood that God’s revealed purpose and plan for his life was, first and foremost, to live like Jesus (let your light shine-Matthew 5:14-16), and to proclaim Jesus to the lost.
In other words, revealing Christ to a lost and dying world with our lives and with our lips!
In light of God’s goodness and mercy to us, this is our reasonable service [Romans 12:1-2]. If we are going to ever know and understand the unrevealed purpose of God for our lives we will have to start off by obeying his revealed will for our lives!
Because Paul’s great desire in life was to know, love, follow, and serve Christ [Philippians 3:7-14] his heart also longed to reach people for Christ, especially the unreached peoples of the world!
We are thankful that throughout the ages there have been others who have followed in Paul’s footsteps and were willing to leave the comforts and conveniences of home to reach the unreached peoples of the world.
Of such, were the Cambridge Seven!
As we mentioned in our previous post, missionary Harold Schofield’s prayer for laborers for China, specifically from the colleges and universities in England, was answered after his death. It all started with seven Cambridge students who VOLUNTEERED to leave behind cosy lives of wealth and privilege to serve God in whatever way they were led.
These seven young men were devoted to Christ. They refused to allow the world and the ways of the world to squeeze them into its mold. They refused to let the world change them, but they allowed the word to change them [Romans 12:1-2]. As these men delighted themselves in the Lord, the Spirit of God “downloaded” his desire into their hearts [Psalm 37:4].
When God “downloads” his desire into a man’s heart he will always become more concerned about the plight of lost men, women, and young people, beginning in Jerusalem, but definitely not stopping at home!
Of these seven men, one author wrote,
“‘The Cambridge Seven’ revealed God’s power through their lives of fellowship, lives of prayer, and lives of devotion to their first love Jesus Christ. Their beautiful lives were a blessing to the whole world. May God raise up men such as these from the campuses of America in our generation.”
These seven young men were greatly used by God and they inspired thousands of others to think seriously of missionary service. Included among the seven was C.T. Studd, captain of England and the finest cricketer of his day. He gave it, along with his inheritance up for Christ and the cause of Christ in China. Many young people were challenged by his faith and sacrifice, saying, “If he could give all that up, then so could anyone!” Concerning Studd, one man wrote:
By 1883 Charles Studd was the captain of the Cambridge cricket team and he was the idol of undergraduates and school boys and admired by elders. Studd had become the Michael Jordan of cricket. Studd was recognized as the greatest player to have ever played the game, and years later, he was still recognized as the greatest cricket player since.
Of Studd, another wrote:
Studd had been struggling about what God wanted to do with his life. He only knew that he wanted to devote his life in bringing Jesus to lost souls. Studd said, “I have tasted most of the pleasures that the world can give. I do not suppose there was one that I had not experienced; but I can tell you that these pleasures were as nothing compared to the joy that the saving of that one soul gave me.” Still, he became anxious about his future. Then God worked mightily in Charles’ heart once again and C.T. Studd, by faith, gave himself newly to Jesus. “I realized that my life was to be one of simple, childlike faith…. I was to trust in Him that He was my loving Father and that He would guide me and keep me, and moreover that He was well able to do it.”
Stanley Smith and Charles Studd had been friends for quite some time. In November of 1884, Smith invited Studd to a meeting at the C.I.M headquarters where John McCarthy, a returning missionary from China, would be speaking. Studd accepted the invitation and when McCarthy spoke of “thousands of [Chinese] souls perishing everyday and night without even knowledge of the Lord Jesus,”
C.T. Studd was convinced that God was calling him to China. At first, he was hesitant because of his widowed mother. Even his older brother, a faithful Christian, tried to persuade him not to go. C.T. prayed and prayed until God gave him one word, “…a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.” (Micah 7:6) Charles Thomas Studd was going to China as a missionary.
Just reflecting on C.T. Studd and the Cambridge Seven!!!