Andrew: Everyday Usefulness
Charles H. Spurgeon
And he brought him to Jesus (John 1:42).
We have a most intense desire for the revival of religion in our own midst and throughout all the churches of our Lord Jesus. We see that error is making great advances, and we would fain lift up a banner for the cause of truth. We pity the mighty populations among whom we dwell, for they are still godless and Christless. The things of their peace are hid from their eyes, therefore would we fain behold the Lord performing miracles of grace. Our hope is that the set time to favor Zion is come, and we intend to be importunate in prayer that God will reveal His arm and do great things in these latter days. Our eager desire, of which our special services will be the expression, is a right one. Challenge it who will, be it ours to cultivate it and prove by our zeal for God that the desire is not insincere or superficial.
But, my brethren, it is very possible that in addition to cultivating a vehement desire for the revival of religion, we may have been daydreaming and forecasting in our minds a conception of the form that the divine visitation shall take. Remembering what we have heard of former times of refreshing, you expect a repetition of the same outward signs and look for the Lord to work as He did with Livingstone at the Kirk of Shotts or with Jonathan Edwards in New England or Whitefield in our own land. Perhaps you have planned in your mind that God will raise up an extraordinary preacher whose ministry will attract the multitude, and while he is preaching, God the Holy Spirit will attend the Word so that hundreds will be converted under every sermon. Other evangelists will be raised up of a like spirit and from end to end this island shall hear the truth and feel its power.
Now it may be that God will so visit us. It may be that such signs and wonders as have frequently attended revivals may be again witnessed-the Lord may rend the heavens and come out and mak ...
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