C. T. Studd, the great missionary, read a tract by an atheist. It read:
"If I firmly believed, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of faith in Christ in this life influences destiny in another, faith would mean to me everythng. I would cast away earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthyly thoughts and feelings as vanity.
"Faith would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I would 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 consequence should never stay my hand, nor seal my lips. Earth, its joys and its griefs, 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, 'what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?'"
This message convinced C. T. Studd that this was the only truly consistent Christian life. He went out to live it!