A few years ago I was privileged to preach a series of meetings at Littleton, NH. The pastor took me to a nearby town and we prayed at a spot where George Whitefield had preached. Whitefield was noted for his passionate plea for the lost to be born again. He was the major religious figure of his day. Here is an insightful statement he made on one of Christs’ sayings:
“When our Lord says, we must be converted and become as little children, I suppose he means also, that we must be sensible of our weakness, comparatively speaking, as a little child.” George Whitefield
The pure wisdom of “that we must also be sensible of our weakness,” is majestic. Children and dogs are sensible enough, while they will try, to ask for help when needed.
Many of us go through life as Christians acting as though we do not need help from God or anyone else. We want to be truly autonomous and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps.
It’s probable that our growth as Christians will become exponential when we learn to ask for the help of the Holy Spirit in areas where we are glaring weak, rather than playing the role of the great pretender.
Notice this instruction from the Lord in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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