Shareworthy: C.T. Studd & Lecrae

Only One Life
Poem by C.T. Studd

“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 Judgement 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 clays 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 fervor 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. ”

— extra stanza —

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

I wanted to share this poem in its entirety because I had only heard the main stanza due to John Piper’s book “Don’t Waste Your Life” (which I highly recommend).

He and his wife Priscilla were missionaries to China, India, Sudan, and the Congo. C.T. Studd was a man sold-out for Jesus and laid down his life for others. He famously said:

Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.

I love Lecrae’s song about this. Enjoy:

“Don’t Waste Your Life”
(feat. Cam & Dwayne Tryumf)

[Hook: Cam]
Don’t wanna waste my life

[Verse 1: LeCrae]
I know a lot of people out there scared they’re gone die
A couple of them thinking they’ll be livin’ in the sky
But while I’m here livin’ man I gotta ask why, what am here fo’ I gotta figure out
Waste my life
No I gotta make it count
If Christ is real then what am I gonna do about
Everything in Luke 12: 15 down to 21
You’ve really gotta go and check it out
Paul said if Christ ain’t resurrected we’ve wasted our lives
Well that implies that our life’s built around Jesus being alive
Everyday I’m living tryin’ to show the world why
Christ is more than everything you’ll ever try
Better than pretty women and sinning and living to get a minute of any women and men that you admire
It ain’t no lie

We’re created for Him
Outta the dust he made us for Him
Elects us and he saves us for Him
Jesus comes and he raises for Him
Magnify the Father why bother with something lesser
He made us so we could bless Him
To the world we confess Him
Resurrects Him
So I know I got life
Matter fact better man I know I got Christ
If you don’t see His ways in my days and nights
You can hit my brakes you can stop my life
Then I lost my rights
I lost my life
Forget the money cars and toss that ice
The cost is Christ
And they could never offer me anything on the planet that would cost that price.

[Verse 2: Dwayne Tryumph]
Armed and dangerous
So the devil just can’t hang with us
Christian youth them will stand with us
Living and driven
Given a vision
Fullfillin’ the commission he handed us
London to Los Angeles
The rap evangelist
My daddy wouldn’t abandon us
I gotta backpack full of tracts and I keep it on the Johnny mac
So are you ready to jam with us
So let’s go, give me the word an let’s go
Persecution let’s go
Tribulation let’s go
Across the nation let’s go
Procrastination let’s go
Hung on the cross in the cold
Died for the young and the old
Can’t say you never know
Heaven knows how many souls are going to hell or to heaven so we gotta go in to get them

[Verse 3: LeCrae]
Yeah, do it for Christ!
You’re trying to figure what to do with your life
If you make a lot of money hope you’re doing it right
Because the money is God’s you better steward it right
And stay focused
You ain’t got no ride
Your life ain’t wrapped up in what you drive
The clothes you wear, the job you work
The color your skin naw you’re a Christian first
People get to living for a job
Make a little money start living for a car
Get ’em a wife a house kids and a dog
Then they retire they’re living high on the hog
But guess what they didn’t ever really live at all
To live is Christ and that’s Paul I recall
To die is gain so for Christ we give it all
He’s the treasure you’ll never find in a mall
Your money your singleness marriage talent your time
They were loaned to you to show the world that Christ is Divine
That’s why it’s Christ in my rhymes
That’s why it’s Christ all the time
See my whole world is built around Him He’s the life in my lines
I refused to waste my life
He’s too true to chase that ice
Here’s my gifts and time
‘Cause I’m constantly trying to be used to praise the Christ
If he’s truly raised to life
Then this news should change your life
And by his grace you can put your faith in place that rules your days and nights.

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Songs & Scripture: “Only You Can Satisfy” (Caleb Clements, Todd Proctor)

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee..”

–Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo from 396-430 A.D.

For today’s Song & Scripture post, I’ve chosen “Only you can Satisfy”, which somehow perfectly expresses our brother Augustine’s famous line from his Confessions. Some close friends introduced me to this song through their small group. And actually, they produced the lyric video on Youtube seen below featuring a rendition of the song by Travis Ryan:

I hope you are blessed through the music and the Scriptures that show the lyrics we sing are true!

Only You Can Satisfy
Written by Caleb Clements & Todd Proctor
CCLI #5149432

In all of my life Iʼm searching
For what can be only found in You (Jeremiah 29:13Matthew 11:29)
Only You can satisfy (Psalm 63:1-5Psalm 145:16Isaiah 55:1-3, Jeremiah 31:25John 4:13-14, John 6:35John 7:37-38)
Iʼve seen what the world can offer (Ecclesiastes 1:16-18Ecclesiastes 5:10-12Haggai 1:6, John 6:67-691 John 2:15-17)
In all that can sway me I have found (1 Corinthians 3:18-20Colossians 2:8)
Only You can satisfy, only You can satisfy

To live for Christ, I first must die (Matthew 16:24, Luke 14:27Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:24)
To all the rivals in my life (Jonah 2:8 NIVMatthew 6:24, 1 John 5:21 NLT)

Only You can satisfy
Only You can satisfy
In everything I have in You (Colossians 1:27)
I find, You satisfy

In all that now lies forsaken* (Matthew 10:37-39)
Nothing can match Your love for me (John 15:13, Romans 8:37-39)
Only You can satisfy
Forever my heart awakened (Ezekiel 36:26)
To worship the One who sets me free (Romans 6:22, Galatians 5:1)
Only You can satisfy, only You can satisfy

*I interpreted this line meaning nothing we are called to give up or forsake in this life can compare to God’s love for us and the hope we have, which is why I picked those verses from Matthew. 

Only Jesus can fill the God-shaped hole in our hearts. He wants a personal relationship with us! Weird. Crazy. Are we hungry/thirsty/desperate for Him today? Or are we trying to fill up on the wrong stuff?

With love,