Why not ask, "Why Not me?"

I recently preached in the place where Spurgeon once ministered: Spurgeon Road, Croydon, London, England.

The history and the legacy of Spurgeon’s ministry were not lost on me as I came to the pulpit. In fact, an almost strange sense of awareness of Mr. Spurgeon accompanied me throughout the days I was there.

As I spoke that first night, I remembered preaching in a building constructed in a field where Wesley preached in Northern Ireland. I recalled that two summers ago we stood in Moriah church at Loughor in Glamorgan, at Swansea, Wales. This was the epi-center of the Welsh Revival of 1904. It was here that Evan Roberts preached to school children resulting in worldwide revival.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, John Wesley, and Evan Roberts became God’s Generals in their time. They shook nations and turned millions of hearts to God. I revere their memories; I thank God for their examples. The kind of anointing of the Holy Spirit on their lives is something for you and for me to strive for.

A few years ago I listened to an excited preacher crying out to get hold of Smith Wigglesworth’s anointing and mantle. Shortly afterward I heard somebody else proclaiming boldly that we (our generation) needed to lay claim to the Azusa Street anointing. While we were in Northern Ireland, some of “the lads” on our team got excited about Patrick – Saint Patrick; the man who brought Ireland to Jesus in a single generation. Some of the guys wanted to find Patrick’s tomb     and stretch out over his grave and somehow “absorb” Patrick’s anointing.

I admired their zeal, but didn’t accompany those dear friends on their quest. It occurred to me then as it does today that while I thank God for Spurgeon and Wesley, Roberts and Wigglesworth and Patrick and the boys of Azusa Street; and while I admire and appreciate the anointing God gave to each of them, those men all are dead. Each of these blessed men was given an anointing for his generation and for his time. You and I live in a new generation and in a new time and require a new anointing to touch our world in this hour.

We need to honor the past and appreciate those who have gone before us. Many faithful, dedicated men and women have accomplished hard work to plow the ground and to prepare the way for you and for me; but while we admire past heroes and learn from their experiences, we must press on and receive Our Anointing for Our Hour in Our World.

There is a verse that sings to me. It’s a verse that pushes at me and encourages me and beckons me: Therefore we  also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us... (Heb.12:1).

This verse follows immediately after the incredible list of “Faith Heroes” in Chapter 11. No mention of seeking the anointing of Gideon or Barak or David or Samuel or the prophets. No encouragement to run back into history to obtain faith, power, miracles, determination. Only this: “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us.” And this, “and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

The heroes – this cloud of witnesses ran their race; now we must run ours. We don’t get to choose the race or conditions on the race track; it’s the one “set before us.”

So what about you? What are you doing today to “lay aside” and to “run?” A generation awaits a new Spurgeon, Wesley, Roberts, Wigglesworth – why not ask, “why not me?”

In His Grace,

Greg

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