Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Booth: not heard the call?

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
    Feast of All Souls
    [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
    —Mark 16:15 (NIV)
    “Not called,” did you say? Not heard the call, I think you should say. He has been calling loudly ever since He spoke your sins forgiven—if you are forgiven at all—entreating and beseeching you to be His ambassador. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull poor sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonised heart of humanity and listen to its pitying wail for help. Go and stand by the gates of Hell and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house, and bid their brothers, and sisters, and servants, and masters not to come there. And then look the Christ in the face, whose mercy you profess to have got, and whose words you have promised to obey, and tell Him whether you will join us heart and soul and body and circumstances in this march to publish His mercy to all the world.
    ... William Booth (1829-1912), All the World, v. I, London: Salvation Army Book Stores, 1884-1885, n.1, Nov. 1884, p. 2 (see the book)
    See also Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:19; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 9:22
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, send me.
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