Most of us likely don’t recognize his name. However, in the 18th century, George Whitefiled was the most widely known preacher on Earth, and is often credited for starting the Great Awakening. We might think of him as the Billy Graham of his day.
After leaving England, he came to America and preached in every colony. In fact, before his tours of the colonies were complete, virtually every man, woman, and child had heard him at least once. In 1770, at the age of 55, Whitefield was still traversing the colonies as if he were a young man. When it was suggested to him that he should slow down, Whitefield reportedly answered, “I’ll grow weary IN His work, not OF His work. I’d rather wear out than rust out.”
I understand and respect Whitefield’s intentions; it is admirable to work so diligently for His cause. Who can tell how many lives Whitefield’s message impacted during his short time on Earth? But short his time was; he died the day after making the statements above. Unchecked zeal can be dangerous. Let’s face it…wearing out, or rusting out – either way, we’re out!
Like, Whitefield, I hope to never become weary of His work. But, it is easy to become weary in our service to God. Even Jesus realized this reality and frequently got away by Himself to rest. Working for Him is important – resting in Him is as well. Have you found the right balance? –Dave
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16).
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