19 February 2008

Lord Send Me

by Mike Andrews

How powerful is the word of God? A. W Tozer said "I did not go through the Book. The Book went through me." This Book, in the hands of a person who’s desire is to proclaim the blessed truth of our Lord and Savior, has the power to convert the soul. How powerful is the word of God? When in the hands of a hungry believer, as D.L Moody said, "The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives". This Book will create a person with a heart that is passionate, who has a love for the lost, who is an obedient follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. The word of God is wonderful! As Paul said to the believers in Rome, "..... How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Rom 10:15). It is the blessed Gospel of peace, the message of Good News to those who call upon the name of the Lord. Many people have heard and responded to this message; people such as John Knox, John Bunyan, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and in particular John Wesley a Methodist preacher in England.
Wesley was a man who had a passion for the gospel and the church of God. He was a man who was well organized and a great leader. His deepest passion was to preach the power of the cross and to edify the saints in the local church. He continued to serve God in this way until he was introduced to an evangelist named George Whitefield. Whitefield was a man who was willing to preach anywhere at anytime to anyone who would listen to him. Wesley was nervous about this style of preaching, but was intrigued because admittedly, there were people outside the church who needed to hear the Gospel of peace. Wesley spoke for the first time in open air to a crowd on April 2nd, 1739. This ignited his passion for the open air preaching of the Gospel in any area he could reach by horseback. Wesley's passion reached England, Scotland and Ireland. Because his passion was for the truth to be heard, his preaching was powerful and convicting and many times his preaching would cause angry mobs. By Wesley's quote "the world is my parish", we are able to see that his desire was to reach the unconverted with the gift of grace. His approach went against the accepted rules and regulations of the day about who could preach the gospel. He was recruiting and using unordained ministers to assist him in preaching the Gospel. This was causing many parishes to be upset, but Wesley's love was for all the world to hear this news in any way possible. His unorthodox style of preaching influenced many people including fellow saints of the Lord Jesus like John Newton the hymn writer, William Cowper the English poet, and William Wilberforce who helped stop the slave trade. The most significant impact came in his own country of England and resulted in the start of the Methodist church which would eventually reach North America and the world. Wesley's open air preaching would result in a wicked nation turning from their sin and becoming a nation of God-fearing people. John Wesley’s passion and love for God’s truth impacted many lives, changed the way we conduct church, and expanded the way we reach the lost with the good news of Salvation.
We need more men today who are willing to stand in the face of adversity and proclaim the blessed news of our Savior who came in the form of a man, bled and died for our sin, and rose again victoriously. This is the news of Peace that Wesley held dear to his heart. He was a man who saw the great need for the Message to reach the lost! "The world is my parish" he said. The world still needs to hear that Good News of Peace and may we have the same heart as our brother John Wesley. "And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;" (Eph 6:15). "You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most…It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance." Amen, John Wesley, may the Lord Send Us!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike.

You don't know me, and I've never seen you before. I'm just another blogger who happened across your profile.

I watched part of 'The Faces of Persecution" video you posted. I think I know where you're coming from on that angle.

I too feel the pain of what's morally wrong with this world. I would love to see an end of man's inhumanity to man. I would also love to see an end to greed, fear, and corruption.

I also understand all to well many of the political deceits keeping many of us asleep. Many of us undergo an indoctrination conditioning process every day without realizing it.

I'm not an old man, Mike, and I'm not a young one. I'm fairly successful in my life. I have a family too. I want my children to learn to treat others with kindness, and respect. And I'm an atheist.

I just wanted to let you know in a friendly manner that there's various types of people out here in great numbers who desperately wish things could be different.

Even though I'm not a believer, I still have a glimmer of hope for this world. - Peace Mike