Just got back from an awesome evening on Hanham Mount, which is where John Wesley preached his first open air sermon to the Kingswood Miners, 16’000 of them, and they cried white tears of repentance as they heard the message of the cross.
My fab friend Andy Biddlecombe spoke and his message was really simple, but also really profound.
Firstly it was about encountering God in the hidden place, on our own, just us and God, to learn to hear his voice and drink deep from him. Most of us function on near exhaustion and sometimes we are scraping the barrel of our spiritual lives to share anything of value or worth. Yet I believe that God wants us to find our rest, refreshment, renewing in him and in his presence as we learn to seek his face and hear his voice.
Too often we don’t let our roots go deep down into God, too busy rushing around to really take time to seek God and to sacrifice that most precious commodity -our time-.
Yet, actually its not sacrificing our time on God, but rather it is investing it wisely.
A great verse I love “they knew they were ordinary and unskilled men who had been with Jesus”, when we spent time in Jesus’ presence we not just reflect him, but radiate him.
A challenge for us all to take time to go deeper with God, to be ‘fully charged up’ -rather than almost out of juice.
Yet that wasn’t the end of the message, Bidds shared about “being bold and audacious for the Kingdom of God”.
I was reminded, standing where we are on Hanham Mount, that Wesley nearly didn’t do field preaching thinking it was “vile” and “unseemly” to not preach in a Church, but yet he was obedient and stepped out of his insecurities and pre-conceptions and preached Christ unashamedly to those who had come to hear him.
That brave moment in a conversation could be the turning point for someone’s life.
That offer to pray for someone could be that moment of healing and transformation, Bidds spoke about his hero “Smith Wigglesworth” -an illiterate plumber- who bravely challenged us to be expectant and step out in faith, take the Holy Spirit inspired risk.
Too often in our conversations we talk about nothing, when maybe we should speak about something!
Let’s be bold!
Let’s seize the moment.
Let’s be a Church that seeks God deeply in prayer, and a Church that is audacious in proclaiming Jesus.
Remembering we are the people who hold out the word that gives life.