‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of God’ (Matt. 5:3).

An old evangelical leader in Wales affirmed, ‘We are never nearer to God than when we are lowest in our own estimation.’ ‘To this man will I look, even to him that is poor, and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word’ (Isa. 66:2)

Read the biographies of Christians and it will be seen that evangelical holiness has always had this characteristic. John Calvin wrote, ‘Where we see pride, there let us be assured Christ is not known.’

George Whitefield, seen by others as a great evangelist, only a few years before his death prayed ‘to begin to begin to be a Christian.’

William Grimshaw, one of the greatest evangelists to be given in England, died with the words, ‘Here goes an unprofitable servant.’

John Wesley after a life time of service, wrote, ‘I have been wandering up and down between fifty and sixty years, endeavouring in my poor way, to do a little good to my fellow men . . . I can see nothing which I have done or suffered, that will bear looking at. I have no other plea than this–I the chief of sinners am But Jesus died for me.’

Spurgeon asked his students, ‘Do you not wish to hide your head when you contrast yourself with your Lord? We are far, far, far below the true glory of the Well-beloved, and even fall short of our poor idea of Him.’

Amy Carmichael comforted herself and others with these words, ‘Our dear Lord cares for the broken pieces of our lives, the fragments of all we meant to do, the little that we have to gather up and offer, and He will use even these fragments.’

– Iain Murray

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