The great John Wesley was passing through Newcastle in May 1742, when he was taken aback by its “carnal” ways. He wrote in his journal: “I was surprised: so much drunkenness, cursing and swearing (even from the mouths of little children) do I never remember to have seen and heard before, in so small a compass of time. Surely this place is ripe for Him who came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
If Wesley’s England was ripe, is it not more ripe today? Ripe for a sweeping, Holy Spirit-led move of God to grip the hearts and minds of unregenerate people in desperate need of the Saviour? Isn’t this every person’s greatest need, whether or not he or she has yet realised it?
Am I correct in thinking that the U.K. is a nation ever more spiritually adrift and lost from its historic moral and spiritual moorings.
In this postmodern age, the U.K. is full of people who have never heard a clear proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is great opportunity before us—ripe for revival. Will we seize the moment?
That message is the “power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16), for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For the heterosexual sinner and the homosexual sinner alike. For the adulterer and the tax cheat, for the thief and the backbiter, for the self-righteous religionist and the admitted sceptic. For the angry father and the desperate mother. For the depressed young person overwhelmed by the instability of this world.
Will Gospel-believing pastors and churches stand boldly and be counted at this time of deep concern and confusion? Will I? I pray so. Will you join me in your quiet time as a Christian each day in praying for a sweeping move of God?
Across the world today, there is not one social , physical or spiritual problem that does not have its answer in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Peter tells us that God has given His children “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Amid economic uncertainty and this new pandemic, He is enough to sustain us. Problems of hopelessness, poverty, addiction, relational dysfunction, division driven by social media—not one problem fails to look small in the light of His glory.
Paul said, “The god of this world”—little g—“has blinded the minds” of those who don’t believe (2 Corinthians 4:4). Well, what we’re facing here is what has always been true. People don’t know they have a need. And it’s the Holy Spirit who will awaken them.
Before Paul went to Corinth, he said, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). The Greeks believed that only the scum of the earth would be crucified. So what does Paul preach? The cross and the blood. The very things the flesh would despise. The Holy Spirit’s power would be demonstrated in the Gospel message alone, and Paul knew that.
Remember, John Wesley was not put off by what he saw that day in 1742. He didn’t say, “There’s no hope here; these people are too sinful.” He said, “Ripe for revival.” That’s the way to look at it. I look forward to seeing what God will do !!
Have a lovely weekend