During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British government began to run low on silver for coins. Lord Cromwell sent his men to the local cathedral to see if they could find any precious metals there. After investigating, they reported “The only silver we can find is in the statues of saints standing in corners around the cathedrals”.
To which the radical soldier and statesman of England replied “Good! We’ll melt down the saints and put them in circulation’’.
The words Oliver Cromwell have some similarities with those of our lord Jesus Christ; his commandment to all who are truly his disciples is to go find the lost sheep of Israel. No matter how much we get engaged and become useful to the kingdom of God, if our usefulness does not point people to the cross to receive the saving grace of his sacrifice for humanity, then we are only busy but guilty!
The call to soul wining and passionate evangelism is the father’s heart cry and should also be the priority of anyone who has truly experienced the saving grace of our lord Jesus Christ. The disciples of Jesus demonstrated this by the urgency with which they ran to call their friends and relatives to Christ.
Philip findeth Nathanael and saith unto him, we have found him……John 1:45, Andrew first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the messiah…. John 1:41 and the Samaritan woman ran into the city, leaving her water pot and went her way into the city and saith to the men, come, see a man which told me all things I ever did; is not this the Christ?... John 4:28-29. (KJV)
What is wrong with our churches today? Do you not see people find Christ and just remain at ease in Zion without passion to share their faith? Could it be that there was no genuine encounter with Jesus Christ in the life such individuals?
Dear reader, let me say to you unequivocally that the direct instruction from Cromwell to his soldiers is not far-fetched from what Christ is saying to the end time militant saints. The true and authentic mark of practical Christianity is not rows of silver saints crammed into corners of cathedrals, but melted saints circulating through the mainstream of humanity, giving life to the lifeless and hope to the hopeless as redemptive agents in partnership with the HolySpirit.
David Livingstone said “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honour, how can a commission by a heavenly king be considered a sacrifice?”
We must wake up to the call, let Christ melt our will and ambitions and put us in circulation for the end time harvest.
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