ALL IN ALL
which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
During the 1700’s there was a great move of the Spirit of God in Europe and in North America, one of the leaders in this movement was Count Zinzendorf, bishop of the Moravian Church. The Moravians were known for their powerful missions teams that went all over the world. It was the Moravians that witnessed to John Wesley on his first trip to America. It was a Moravian prayer meeting where Wesley’s heart was strangely warmed and he met Christ. What was the secret of their spiritual power and their love for the lost that sent them to the furthest parts of the known world in their day? Maybe you can catch a hint of their power in these words by Count Zinzendorf.
“Our method in proclaiming salvation is this: To point out to every heart the Loving Lamb, who died for us. And although he was the Son of God, offered Himself for our sins, as our God, our Mediator between God and man, our throne of grace, our example, our preacher, our example of the law, our comforter, our confessor, and our Savior. In short, our all in all, by the preaching of His blood, and of His love unto death, even the death of the cross. Never, either in the discourse or in the argument, to digress even for a quarter of an hour from our Loving Lamb; to name no virtue except in Him, and from him, and on His account. To preach no commandment but faith in Him; no other justification but that He atoned for us; no other sanctification but the privilege to sin no more. No other happiness but to be near Him, to think of Him and to do His pleasure; no other self denial but to be deprived of Him and His blessings; no other calamity but ti displease Him; no other life but in Him.”
What an incredibly God centered message. What was the source of their passion for souls and their fervor that won Wesley to Christ? Why of course it was their love of Jesus, their message of the cross, their emphasis in the power in His atoning blood, and their desire to be as close to the Lord as possible. Nothing has changed in these three hundred years. We can still preach no commandment but faith in Him, no justification but that He atoned for us, no other sanctification but the privilege to sin no more, and no other happiness but to be near Him.