(A True Story by John Wesley - Founder of the Methodist Church)

       In his personal diary John Wesley on March 17, 1746 records this true account of the healing of his horse. "I took my leave of Newcastle, horse was so exceedingly lame that I was afraid I must have lain by too. We could not discern what it was that was amiss; and yet he would scarce set his foot to the ground. By riding thus seven miles, I was thoroughly tired, and my head ached more than it had done for some months...I then thought, "Cannot God heal either man or beast, by any means, or without any?" Immediately my weariness and headache ceased, and my horse's lameness in the same instant. Nor did he halt any more either that day or the next. A very odd accident this also!"

       My friend, God says He cares even for the sparrows. If God even cares for the animal creation how much more does He care for you? "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Luke 12:6-7).

       John Wesley toward the end of his life gave this amazing testimony of God's personal care for him. "This being my birth-day, the first day of my seventy-second year, I was considering, How is this, that I find just the same strength as I did thirty years ago? That my sight is considerably better now, and my nerves firmer than they were then? That I have none of the infirmities of old age, and have lost several I had in my youth? The grand cause is, the good pleasure of God, who doth whatsoever pleases Him. The chief means are, 1. my constantly rising at four, for about fifty years. 2. my generally preaching at five in the morning, one of the most healthy exercises in the world. 3. my never travelling less, by sea or land, than four thousand five hundred miles a year (10:9; June 28, 1774).

       John Wesley (1703-1791) founder of the Methodist Church was convinced that all the world needed to hear the good news of Christ's salvation and for this purpose he gave his entire life. What is the purpose of your life? Jesus said, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36-37).

       What now are you exchanging for your soul? The love of money, the lust for things, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. What God (or gods) are you serving? Jesus said, you cannot serve two masters (See Mt. 6:24). Will you make a decision today to follow Jesus the Christ? Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish" (John 10:27-28).

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