Wednesday, June 20, 2012
From some recent reading, a discourse by John Wesley (the founding figure of the Methodist movement), regarding evangelism and the desire to share Jesus with others:
Can we believe [God’s people] would be unconcerned at the sight, at the misery of those for whom their Lord died? Would not their bowels yearn over them, and their hearts melt away for very trouble? Could they then stand idle all the day long, even were there no command from Him whom they loved? Rather, would they not labour, by all possible means, to pluck some of these "brands out of the burning"? (From "Scriptural Christianity", in The Standard Sermons, with a reference to Zechariah 3.2).
From Wesley’s perspective, it is both urgent and natural – organic – for us to introduce others to Jesus. We don’t use all of Wesley’s language today (it is over 200 years old), but the basic truth remains. As Jesus said, "Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest" (Luke 10.2).