Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Donne: evangelism

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
    —Psalm 97:1 (KJV)
    Christ came... in a purpose, ... to manifest himself in the Christian Religion, to all the nations of the world; and therefore, says David, The Lord reigneth, let the island rejoice—the island who by reason of their situation, provision, and trading, have most means of conveying Christ Jesus over the world. He hath carried us up to heaven, and set us at the right hand of God, and shall not we endeavour to carry him to those nations, who have not yet heard of his name? Shall we still brag that we have brought our clothes, and our hatchets, and our knives, and bread to this and this value and estimation amongst those poor ignorant Souls, and shall we never glory that we have brought the name, and Religion of Christ Jesus in estimation amongst them? Shall we stay till other nations have planted a false Christ among them? And then either continue in our sloth, or take more pains in rooting out a false Christ than would have planted the true?
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. V, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon CXLV, p. 592 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 97:1-12; 96; Luke 24:46,47; 1 John 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to send the treasure of Christ in me to those who do not have it.
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