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Wesley Words: “Have a Holy Urgency”

September 30, 2009


Why I love John Wesley:

“Strive to enter the narrow door.

Strive, as  in an agony of holy fear.  A promise has been made of your entering into His rest (see Hebrews 4:9-11).  Strive, lest you come short of it.

Strive, in all the fervor of desire, with groans that words cannot express.

Strive by prayer without ceasing.  At all times, in all places, lift up your heart to God.  Give Him no rest till you, like the Psalmist, ‘awake with God’s likeness’ and are satisfied with it.

To conclude:  strive to enter in at the narrow gate.  Strive, not only by this agony of soul, of conviction, of sorrow, of shame, of desire, of fear, of unceasing prayer.  Strive, likewise, by putting in order all of your conversation, your whole life, by walking with all your strength in all the ways of God–the way of innocence, of piety, and of mercy.  Shun all appearance of evil.  Do all possible good to all people.  Deny your own will in all things, and take up your cross daily.

Be ready to cut off everything that would hinder, and to cast it from you.  Be ready and willing to suffer the loss of possessions, friends, of health–of all things on earth–so you may enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

(From How to Pray:  The Best of John Wesley on Prayer, p. 17)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2009 3:34

    Our modern view of grace has robbed us to some extent of that concept of striving, working out our own salvation in fear and trembling, persisting as the widow before the unjust judge in crucifying the flesh and communing with the Father in night and day prayer. I wonder what would happen if the church (and by this I mean the people who make up the church, not a particular building or denomination) as a whole began taking the “shun the appearance of evil” command a little more literally… Great reminder!

    • jonathangroover permalink*
      September 30, 2009 4:46

      I couldn’t agree more Chrystal. That’s why Wesley is so so refreshing — he doesn’t cheapen grace. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. January 8, 2010 9:16

    Wesley is a fav of mine. Good stuff!

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