Wednesday, May 24, 2017

John Wesley: follow-up

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Feast of John and Charles Wesley, Priests, Poets, Teachers, 1791 & 1788
    [Jesus:] “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
    “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
    “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’”
    —Luke 13:24-27 (NIV)
    I was more convinced than ever that the preaching like an Apostle, without joining together those that are awakened, and training them up in the ways of God, is only begetting children for the murderer. How much preaching has there been for these twenty years all over Pembrokeshire! But no regular societies, no discipline, no order or connection; and the consequence is, that nine in ten of the once-awakened are now faster asleep than ever.
    ... John Wesley (1703-1791), entry for Aug 25, 1763, Journal of the Rev. John Wesley, v. III, London: J. Kershaw, 1827, p. 139 (see the book)
    See also Luke 13:24-27; Matt. 13:18-23; 28:17; Mark 4:14-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me a disciple.
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