John Wesley throughout his life preached upwards of 40,000 sermons! If he had only preached on Sunday mornings that would have taken roughly 769 years! Of course, he did not live that long. He lived shy of 88 years and his ministry covered 53 years. That means he preached approximately 2 sermons a day! Every day. At the age of 83 he became angry with his doctor. His doctor had suggested that John should not preach more than 14 times a week. Maybe he should be slowing down, and at the age of 86 he penned in his diary that he worried that he was:
“Laziness is slowing creeping in. There is an increasing tendency to stay in bed after 5:30 in the morning.”
John had a passion that drove him which was instilled by his changed life brought forth by the power of Jesus Christ. That passion was fueled by the guidance of his mother.
As a young boy he approached his mother with the question: “What is sin?”
His mother, a godly woman, instilled a vision of sin that stayed with John for the rest of his life with these words:
“John, listen to me carefully. Whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish of spiritual things, in short, if anything increases the authority and power of the flesh over the spirit that is due to become sin, however good is in itself.”
Whatever increases that authority of your flesh, ultimately will rule over your life. You will have sold yourself short to the fleeting passions of the day that you have concocted, warped to your pleasure, and adopted into your life, rather than finding the well-spring of true life where there are pleasures evermore.
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