EXPECT GREAT THINGS
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. Isaiah 54:2
William Carey (1761 – 1834) was a Baptist missionary sent from England to India. He is considered the father of modern missions. Carey started out as a shoemaker in England.
In time, he became fascinated with the journeys of early navigators and explorers who brought news of the distant lands and peoples of the world. As a result, Carey developed a deep spiritual hunger to reach the ends of the world with the gospel of Christ.
Before he was thirty-one he could read the Bible in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Dutch, French, and English. On the walls of his humble shoemaker’s shop he hung hand-drawn maps of the world on which he had noted the population, climate, vegetation, animals and religions of the different countries. Out of pieces of leather, he had constructed a globe, and as he turned it in his hands, he prayed in turn for the people of Africa, India and China as well as the Islands who had never heard the gospel.
His passion for God took him to India. Through self-denial, trials and persecutions he still persisted and built a lasting legacy for Christ. He led many to Christ and saw the translation of the Bible into forty different languages. For a man who started as a shoemaker, that is quite some achievement.
William Carey was a righteous man. His motto in life was, ‘Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.’
What are you expecting from God? What would you attempt for God? This year 2018, attempt something great for God.
Prayer: By faith, declare that you will achieve extraordinary things this year.
Scriptural Reading: Isaiah 54:1-5