The Application of Practical Wesleyan Theology

John Wesley came to America as a missionary to the Indians.  While in Georgia and other parts of early America, he often rode on horseback from one church to another to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has been told that on one such journey, he was stopped by a thief who shouted, “Halt, your money or your life.” Wesley got down from his horse, emptied his pockets to reveal only a handful of coins.  He even invited the robber to search his saddlebags – which only carried his books.  In disgust, the thief was turning away when John Wesley cried “Stop, I have something more to give you.”  Puzzled, the robber turned back.  Wesley then leaned towards him and said “My friend, you may live to regret this sort of life in which you are engaged.  If you ever do, I beseech you to remember this: ’The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.’”   The robber hurried silently away, but Wesley got back on his horse & rode on his way praying in his heart that the Word might be fixed in the robber’s conscience.  Later, at the close of a Sunday evening service, a stranger stepped forward and earnestly begged to speak with John Wesley.  Wesley recognized him as the robber who had stolen from him before, but now he was a well to do tradesman and better still, a child of God.  Raising Wesley’s hand to his lips he affectionately kissed it and said in deep emotion, “To you, dear sir, I owe it all.”  Wesley replied softly, “Nay, nay, my friend, not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ which cleanses us from all sin.”  Let us remember that one of the best ways of bringing glory to God is through our witness.  When others see us excited about Jesus and our involvement in His church it takes the focus off of us and places it on Jesus.  “It’s not about us and what we want.  It is about others and who they need, Jesus.”

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