DR. M. E. DODD told this story of some young people who volunteered as foreign missionaries. One of them was the only daughter of a multimillionaire. She was socially prominent, wealthy and worldly. Her parents were not Christians.
One evening, out of curiosity, the young lady entered a little church building. There she heard the Gospel for the first time. She was converted and later she heard God's call to go as a missionary to China . She told her parents of her decision. Sneeringly they said, "You are mad! This is only a passing whim. We'll put a stop to it!"
The volunteer was engaged to a successful businessman. He was not a Christian. She appealed to him to surrender to Christ. He too, laughed at her. He said to himself, "I'll dissuade her from this fanatical idea!"
Sometime later, the parents gave a gala social function to which they invited their socially prominent and worldly friends. The parents told those friends their problem and enlisted their efforts to change the mind of their daughter. That evening, the daughter listened to the discouraging pleas. She stood firm, however. Going to the piano, she began to play and sing:
Jesus, I my cross have taken,
By Thy grace to follow Thee;
I am weak, despised, forsaken,
Thou henceforth my All must be.
Perish every fond ambition -
All I've sought, or hoped, or known!
Yet how rich is my condition -
God and heav'n are now my own!
Let the world despise and leave me,
All its hate my Saviour knew!
Human hearts and looks deceive me -
Thou art not like them untrue;
Oh! while Thou dost smile upon me
Lord of wisdom, love and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me,
Show Thy face, and all is bright.
Her fiance was deeply touched. Going to her, he said, "I didn't know Jesus Christ could mean so much to any person. If He means this to you, pray for me that I, too may be saved and become His devoted follower!" Her prayer was answered. They were happily married, and both went to China where they labored for God for many years.
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:
but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
(1 John 2:15-17)