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ONE LIFE

One LifeJohn Piper tells the story of growing up in a home where his father spent himself as an evangelist to bring the gospel to the lost. In the kitchen of the house where they lived, there was a plaque which read, “Only one life twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” The same plaque now hangs in Piper’s living room. He has looked at it almost every day for the last 60 years.

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

Piper writes, “You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know a few great things and be willing to live and die for them.”

One man whose life exemplifies this was C T Studd (1860-1931). Studd is remembered both as a cricketer and as a missionary. As a cricketer he played for England in the 1882 match won by Australia which was the origins of Ashes. A life of luxury and fame stood before him, yet because of an encounter with Jesus, he gave it all up to become a missionary to China, later setting up what today has become known as WEC International.

He too was familiar with the above line and penned the following poem off the back of hearing it:

“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 Judgment 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 days 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 fervour 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.”

I am inspired by these ‘two little lines’. How about you?

About Colin

Friend of Jesus ... honey to Ruth ... daddy to Ketsia and Lois. Starting a new church in Slough!

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