The Good of the Gospel

From:George Whitefield: a biography,

From:George Whitefield: a biography, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stripped image of John Wesley

Stripped image of John Wesley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although George Whitefield disagreed with John Wesley on some theological matters, he was careful not to create problems in public that could be used to hinder the preaching of the gospel. When someone asked Whitefield if he thought he would see Wesley in heaven, Whitefield replied, “I fear not, for he will be so near the eternal throne and we at such a distance, we shall hardly get sight of him.”

Every day I pray that God might get me to George Whitefield’s point and really mean it. This point of is commitment to the good of the mission and totally suppresses my ego and allows me to rejoice with all who disagree with me so we may strive together as we offer the world hope. This worthy goal is my daily prayer. Our world desperately needs the type of peace that can only come from a total commitment to the Good News of Christ. This week there have been two instances of violence that have made the news in a big way. The shootings at the MLK parade in New Orleans and the Lone Star Community College in Houston. Both undoubtedly were connected to disagreements that certainly were not bad enough to end in such violence. They were rooted in ego and the need to have things “my way”. May our God guide us to respect and cherish one another even in the midst of our differences.

 

 The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

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