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 169 days until the Greenock, Scotland Revival Conference



169 days until the Greenock, Scotland Revival Conference

“The king’s business required haste” (1 Sam. 21:8). Yet there is no other business about which average Christians take it so easy. They “must” go their usual round, they “must” write their letters, they “must” pay off their visits and other social claims, they “must” do all that is expected of them. And then, after this and that and the other thing is cleared off, they will do what they can of the King’s business.

They do not say “must” about that, unless it is some part of His business which is undertaken at second-hand and with more sense of responsibility to one’s clergyman than to one’s King. Is this being “faithful and loyal and single hearted”? If it has been so, oh, let it be so no more! How can “Jesus Only” be our motto, when we have not even said, “Jesus first”?

The King’s business requires haste. It is always pressing and may never be put off. Much of it has to do with souls which may be in eternity tomorrow, and with opportunities which are gone for ever if not used then and there. There is no “convenient season” for it but today. Often it is not really done at all because it is not done in the spirit of holy haste.

We meet an unconverted friend again and again and beat about the bush, and think to gain quiet influence and make way gradually, and we call it judicious not to be in a hurry when the real reason is that we are wanting in holy eagerness and courage to do the King’s true business with that soul. In nine such cases out of ten nothing ever comes out of it. But “As thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone” (1 Kgs. 20:40). Have we not found it so? -Frances Ridley Havergal


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