The Commitment of an Athiest

Morning Muse by Dave Arnoldmannexttocross

C. T. Studd, the famous British athlete and founder of Worldwide Evangelization Crusade, gave up his all for Christ. He was challenged to his commitment by an article written by an atheist. That article in part said:
    “If I firmly believed, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, then religion would mean to me everything.
    I would cast away earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I should labor in its cause alone.
    I would take thought for the morrow of eternity alone. I would esteem one soul gained for Heaven worth a life of suffering.
    Earthly consequences would never stay my hand, nor seal my lips. Earth, its joy and its grief, would occupy no moment of my thoughts. I would strive to look upon eternity alone, and on the immortal souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable.
    I would go forth to the world, and preach to it, in season and out of season, and my text would be
   I would strive to look upon eternity alone,‘WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?’” Mark 8:36
    Romans 12:1, “Present your bodies a living sacrifice to God.” The Greek word for “living” suggests “lifelong,” a sacrifice made once for a lifetime. 2
    “Eggs and ham, a days work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig!”
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