Sharing the Love of Jesus
May 24th is listed in the Anglican Lectionary as John Wesley Day. John was the elder brother of Charles, the prolific Hymn Writer. May 24th is not his actual birthday but his ‘Spiritual Birthday’.
In 1738 his life changed forever. He had been a Priest for about 10 years, but found it unsatisfying despite working hard. On May 24th 1738 he was invited to a house meeting in Aldersgate in London, which he reluctantly accepted. Whilst someone was reading from the writings of Martin Luther the German reformer, his world changed. He wrote in his journal: “I felt strangely warmed by the love of God. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for Salvation, for an assurance that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of death and sin.” This inspired him to a renewed life in Christ and he spent the next 50 years riding up and down the country sharing the love of Christ. He not only preached but spent time practising what Christ had asked – raising money to help the poor, building schools; he opened the first free clinic and dispensary, caring for bodies as well as souls.
We cannot hope to do the same work as John but we can ask God to help us know and experience God’s love for us, as John did on that day in 1738.