MY CHOICE – Bill McChesney

Bill McChesney, a missionary in the Congo, was martyred by the rebels in the Stanleyville area in 1964, when he was 28 years old. He had been beaten on a truck and his back was bleeding at the same time as suffering from malaria. Then he was beaten to death by an angry mob which was instigated by the revolutionary army.” Before he left to be a missionary he had written this poem entitled, MY CHOICE.

I want my breakfast served at “eight”, with ham and eggs upon the plate;
A well-broiled steak I’ll eat at “one”; and dine again when day is done.

I want an ultramodern home, and in each room a telephone;
Soft carpets, too, upon the floors, and pretty drapes to grace the doors.

A cosy place of lovely things, like easy chairs and innersprings,
And then I’ll get a small TV – of course, “I’m careful what I see.”

I want my wardrobe, too, to be of neatest, finest quality.
With latest style of suit and vest, why shouldn’t Christians have the best?

But then the Master I can hear, in no uncertain voice, so clear,
“I bid you come and follow Me, the lonely Man of Galilee.”

“Birds of the air have made their nest, and foxes in their holes find rest;
But I can offer you no bed; no place have I to lay My head.”

In shame I hung my head and cried. How could I spurn the Crucified?
Could I forget the way He went, the sleepless nights in prayer He spent?

For forty days without a bit, alone He fasted day and night;
Despised, rejected – on he went, and did not stop till veil He rent.

A man of sorrows and of grief, no earthly friend to bring relief –
“Smitten of God,” the prophet said – Mocked, beaten, bruised, His blood ran red.

If He be God and died for me, no sacrifice too great can be
For me, a mortal man, to make; I’ll do it all for Jesus’ sake.

Yes, I will tread the path He trod. No other way will please my God;
So, henceforth, this my choice shall be, my choice for all eternity.

  4 comments for “MY CHOICE – Bill McChesney

  1. July 6, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Great poem! Thanks for sharing. Also good to see you back blogging. Please continue…as often as possible 😊

  2. July 6, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Yes yes please more more. I’ve missed reading this blog so much.

  3. Quintin Botha
    November 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    What a wonderful testimony, thank you for this.

    I feel a sense of shame, and fear we as believers may have become grumblers and complainers.

    May God work in us to produce this kind of self denying faith, for His name sake.

  4. Bruce
    May 13, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I came across this testimony stirred from The Word God
    Iin 1966. I was studying at a theological college in Auckland and this message and life of Bill McChesney became a modern day ending to that great list of O.T. Saints who we find in Hebrews chapter11. We ended up a few years later living in very simple conditions in a Javanese village sharing The Good New. Our children were born there. What will this mans reward be on that great day? His life style cuts right across our modern western self indulgent attitude. It is too easy to “conform” Romans 12verses1and2. And1 John 3 verses 15-17.

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