GEORGE MUELLER, THE GREAT ENGLISH (GERMAN IMMIGRANT) PRAYER WARRIOR OF THE 19TH CENTURY (1805 – 1898) SAID: “ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS FOR GOD – EXPECT GREAT THING FROM GOD!”
This seems to be something that we, in this day and age are hesitant to do.
O yes, there are those who claim they do so who are imprisoned in a warped system of theology, such as the prosperity preachers who have lost sight of God’s will and purpose altogether, and live in a “la la” land of their own making. Therefore, I’m not speaking of the “If you want a Cadillac, ask for one and you’ll get it” people. But, I’m referring to those who desire to see God glorified in the salvation and sanctification of precious souls, which is the real mission of churches today, in accordance with God’s purpose. Their concern is, or should be, the gathering together of God’s people “chosen from the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blame before him, in love having been predestined to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself.” When the last of God’s elect have come by faith to the Lord Jesus, then will the Lord Jesus come in “power and great glory.” Many ask, “Why is the Lord seemingly delaying his coming?” The reason is all of the sheep aren’t in the fold as yet.
Meanwhile, are we expecting God to do great things? I must admit that I both do and don’t. I know that God is working to will and to do of his eternal purpose; and yet, I find myself being doubtful at times. Like the Apostle Paul, “the things that I would, I do not, and the very things that I would and should not, are often the very things that I do.” And so, I find myself crying out as the Apostle Paul did: “O wretched man that I am. Who will deliver me from this body of death?” My answer, as Paul’s answer: “I thank God, through Jesus Christ my Lord.”
Now there are those who claim never to have such problems. They claim that the old nature within them is totally eradicated; but, they are either deceived by Satan, or just plain not truthful. A real study of the New Testament Scriptures teach an entirely different reality. That is, in the flesh, we can but sin; and in the Spirit we can but serve God. Difficult to understand? Most definitely! True nonetheless? Absolutely! What then are we to do? We are to get in sync with God’s program! He has given us the ministry of reconciliation; and consequently, we are his ambassadors. “Bring them in, bring them in, bring them in from the fields of sin!” As Mueller said, “Attempt great things for God – expect great things from God !” Even so Lord Jesus, come!”
With love from a sinner saved by sovereign grace,