In 1927, John Sung boarded a ship from the US bound for Shanghai. He had been in the States for more than 7 years, earning three degrees in that time, including a Ph.D.
As the ship neared its destination, Sung threw all his diplomas, medals, and fraternity keys overboard, keeping only his doctorate diploma to show his father. He had received Jesus Christ and was determined that for the rest of his life he would live only for what counted for eternity.
Many older Christians still living in East and Southeast Asia came to know Christ through the ministry of John Sung, who has been called China’s Billy Graham for his evangelistic work. His actions demonstrate what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:7, “What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.”
Not everyone can do what John Sung did. But, like Paul, we all should regard the things of this life “as rubbish” (v.8), and live our lives so that they will count for eternity.
There are people within your sphere of influence whose lives you can impact for God. He has placed them there for you to point them to Jesus.
Think of someone you can speak to about Jesus Christ and what He has done for you.
Let my hands perform His bidding,
Let my feet run in His ways,
Let my eyes see Jesus only,
Let my lips speak forth His praise. —James
Only one life, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.