Now Christ’s command is simple,
  And meant to be obeyed,
“Go ye and preach My Gospel
  In every land,” He said.

Christ hadn’t any favourites;
  He lived and died for all!
So all should know the Message,
  And hear His gracious call.

So I’ll go and face the music
  In some dark far off land,
Where no one’s ever been before
  For Christ to make a stand.

I’ll leave the ninety-nine behind,
  And seek the wandering sheep,
To bring it back to Jesus Christ,
  And lay it at His feet.

The way may not be easy,
  The grub not over good,
The climate may be treacherous,
  The men a devil’s brood.

But what of that? My Jesus
  Suffered torture and the cross
For me the chief of sinners,
  Lest I should suffer loss.

It may mean death or poverty,
  Or grief—or pain—or shame,
But what of that? The martyrs lived
  And suffered just the same.

I wouldn’t want to live at all
  Unless it was to fight
For Jesus Christ and sinful men,
  Morning, noon and night.

And in some fierce, hot battle,
  Fighting I’d love to die,
Watching for Jesus’ coming,
  To carry me home on high.

But when I walk the golden street.
  I’ll blush a scarlet red,
And hide my face in shame until
  The crown drops off my head.

The crown that Jesus won and gave
  To His unworthy son,
Who’d done so little, and badly, too,
  Even the things he’d done.

And if it won’t drop off I’ll cast
  My crown at Jesus’ feet,
Then run and seek the lowest place
  Upon the lowest seat.

And then I think I’ll weep and weep
  Till Jesus dries my eyes,
As I realise at last the depth
  Of His great sacrifice.

And that I can’t go back to earth,
  And have another try
To serve Him better than before,
  To suffer and to die.

And then I’ll shout with rapture
  With all the heavenly host,
“Glory to God, the Father,
  The Son and Holy Ghost.”

And then the joys of meeting
  The loved ones gone before,
And watching for the others
  To enter at the door!

My word! what introductions
  To all God’s family,
And leave to ask them questions
  With impunity.

I’ll want to hear from Jonah
  Of his time inside the fish,
And how John Baptist laughed to see
  His head upon the dish.

How Daniel felt descending
  Into the lion’s den;
What Gideon thought when marching out
  With but three hundred men.

What Nebby thought about the three
  Who nearly caught a cold,
When thrown into the fire because
  They wouldn’t worship gold.

And what they felt like when they found
  That they had merely come
To have a walk with Jesus,
  Who Had just arrived from Home.

We understand that Nebby got
  Converted on the spot,
And right away for infidels
  Began to make it hot.

We need a few like Shadrach, Meshach,
  And Abednego
To pay a little visit now
  To Christendom, I trow.

They’d say we were behind the times,
  And just as much demented,
As poor old Uncle Nebby was
  Before he had repented.

The image then was on the plain,
  But now it’s come to town,
And has as many votaries
  To worship and bow down.

Elijah’s thoughts on Carmel
  When he faced the mighty throng-
My! how he chaffed the Baalites,
  Laughing loud and long.

And what the Apostles felt and thought,
  And what the women said,
When first they gazed on Jesus Christ
  Risen, from the dead.

The comical grimaces of
  Philippi’s magistrates,
When they had to beg Paul’s pardon
  And escort him to the gates.

The thoughts of Simon Peter
  When he felt the chains drop off;
And the gates began to open
  Like a lion going to cough.

And why poor Rhoda’s mistress thought
  She’d gone stark, staring mad,
Because she said that Peter stood
  Outside the door. Too bad!

The faces of the Sadducees,
  When the fishermen declared
In future they’d obey the Lord,
  Not men! They must have stared.

For well they knew that Peter
  Had so late denied the Lord,
In mortal fear of women, too,
  Though neither had a sword.

It must have been as though they saw
  A Baa-lamb on its legs;
Deploring their pernicious taste
  For eating addled eggs.

Their nonplussed looks, when Peter told
  The godless Roman soldiers,
“Kindly crucify me, with
  My head below my shoulders.”

And when the oil began to boil,
  The aspect of the crowd,
As John within began to sing,
  And thank the Lord aloud.

In heaven no amusement?
  I venture to declare
There’s never been such fun on earth
  As we shall have up there.

The joy will be without alloy
  Within our home above,
A perfect Father’s family
  And every soul in love.

Enthusiastic service for
  A perfect Master too,
And every servant singing,
  “I want more work to do.”

All hearts will glow with rapture,
  As we gaze on Jesus’ face,
While we sing the wondrous story,
  Of the Father’s matchless grace.

~ C. T. Studd

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