On this day in 1894, Dr. Jonathan Goforth, the great missionary who did so much work among the churches in China, wrote the following rules for daily living on the fly-leaf of his Bible:

1. Seek to give much—expect nothing.
2. Put the very best construction on the actions of others.
3. Never let a day pass without at least a quarter of an hour spent in the study of the Bible.
4. Never omit daily morning and evening private prayer and devotion.
5. In all things seek to know God’s Will and when known obey at any cost.
6. Seek to cultivate a quiet prayerful spirit.
7. Seek each day to do or say something to further Christianity among the heathen.

On this day in 1886, J. K. Studd, brother of C.T., gave a missions appeal at Cornell University.  This appeal would have a major affect on the missions movement in America.  The affect didn’t come so much from what he said, but from a certain young man he spent time and influenced during this meeting.  John R. Mott arrived late to the meeting, but when he got there, one of the first hings he heard was J.K. Studd saying from the pulpit, “Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not. Seek ye first the kingdom of God.”   These words stuck Mott at the heart.  All night, he tossed and turned, pondering these words in his heart.  Later he found Studd for a private conversation. As one writer observed, “That encounter changed his life – and the world.”

In the summer of 1886, another meeting hosted by Moody saw the formation of the student volunteer movement when 100 young men pledged to do the Lord’s work, no matter where it called them.  the cry of the movement was “The evangelization of the world in this generation.”  Among these men who signed the pledge was Mott.  But Mott not only joined the movement.  He became its leaders for thirty years. As a leader, Mott realized that the only way to fulfill this task was to motivate young men all over America to get involved.  So he traveled to colleges all over America, motivating young people to give it all for Jesus.  Did Studd know the influence that young man would have when he was approached by Mott?  Or a better question, have you thought the the potential that young person you could influence might have for the cause of Jesus Christ?


The Travelling Team

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