I am so grateful for all of the books we have about great Christians (cloud of witnesses) of the past.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Often in my Christian life I find myself proud of my mediocrity. I begin to get comfortable and proud of my relationship with Jesus. I begin to think I am sacrificing so much and the 1-2 chapters a day I read in the Word and little time I spend praying each day is so pleasing to the Lord. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Lord is pleased that I am spending time with Him. But I’m not making that much of a sacrifice. I’m not really spending that much time with Him.
Today I began reading a biography of Susanna Wesley to my children. The first chapter talked about Susanna’s father, Samuel, and how he began reading 20 chapters of the Bible EVERYDAY beginning when he was five years old, until the time of his death. WOW!
Samuel Annesley was known as a man of great character. He was a very godly man. This did not come to him over night nor was it natural. But due to his diligence, he was blessed with Godly character and a great understanding of God’s Word.
My heart’s desire is to be knowing as a woman of Godly character and a woman of the Word. It will cost me something. . . what am I willing to sacrifice?