DayBreaks for 01/08/15 – Rare Humility
Two hundred years ago there was another man named John, a preacher of extraordinary power and influence in England and America. We know John Wesley as the founder of the Methodists. Surprisingly, however, Wesley was not the most popular preacher of his day. A man named George Whitefield preached to far more people than Wesley, baptized many more into the Kingdom of God and was a favorite of such prominent Americans as Benjamin Franklin.
Whitefield and Wesley were the best of friends until they had a severe falling out over Whitefield’s strict adherence to Calvinist doctrine. Whitefield was asked following this falling out, “Do you expect that you will see John Wesley in heaven?”
“No,” answered Whitefield.
“That’s what I thought you would say,” his questioner replied.
“But you don’t know what I mean,” said Whitefield. “Wesley will be so far up there near the great Throne, I will never see him.”
Such an answer takes a certain kind of divine humility.
John the Baptist, in spite of his own popularity, sought to direct attention not to himself but to Jesus. That kind of humility is a rare commodity.
PRAYER: Help us not to seek our own glory, but Yours! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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