Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ten Shekels (3) Utilitarian Christianity- Paris Reidhead

Let’s be done, once for all, with utilitarian Christianity that makes God a means, instead of the glorious end that He is. Let’s resign. Let’s tell Micah we’re through. We’re no longer going to be his priests serving for ten shekels and a shirt. Let’s tell the tribe of Dan we’re through. And let’s come and cast ourselves at the feet of the nail pierced Son of God and tell Him that we’re going to obey Him, and love Him, and serve Him, as long as we live, because HE IS WORTHY!

Two young Moravians heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 2000 to 3000 slaves. And the owner had said, "No preacher, no clergyman, will ever stay on this island. If he’s shipwrecked we’ll keep him in a separate house until he has to leave; but he’s never going to talk to any of us about God. I’m through with all that nonsense." Three thousand slaves from the jungles of Africa brought to an island in the Atlantic and there to live and die without hearing of Christ. Two young Moravians heard about it. They sold themselves to the British planter and used the money they received from their sale, for he paid no more than he would for any slave, to pay their passage out to his island for he wouldn’t even transport them. As the ship left it’s pier in the river at Hamburg and was going out into the North Sea, carried with the tide, the Moravians had come from Herrenhut to see these two lads off, in their early twenties. Never to return again, for this wasn’t a four year term; they sold themselves into life-time slavery. Simply that as slaves, they could be as Christians where these others were. The families were there weeping, for they knew they would never see them again. And they wondered why they were going and questioned the wisdom of it. As the gap widened and the housings had been cast off and were being curled up there on the pier, and the young boys saw the widening gap, one lad with his arm liked through the arm of his fellow, raised his hand and shouted across the gap the last words that were heard from them, they were these: "MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN, RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!" This became the call of Moravian missions. And this is the only reason for being, That the Lamb that was slain, may receive the reward of His suffering.

-Paris Reidhead- From Ten Shekels and a Shirt

P.S. The picture at the top is of a Moravian Missionary Church.

3 Comments:

At Tuesday, May 02, 2006 2:02:00 PM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

That is absolutely one of the most powerful stories I have ever heard.

 
At Tuesday, May 02, 2006 2:57:00 PM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Gordon,

I agree and it's found in one of the most powerful sermons I have ever heard. If you get a chance, listen to it. It's something else to hear him preach it. I've listened to it several times.

Doug

 
At Thursday, May 04, 2006 9:51:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

There is a movie about this very thing. It is called First Fruits and is very powerful. They did indeed go on to preach to their fellow slaves and the Moravian believers at Herrenhut followed the lead of these two brothers(who were called and set apart by the bretheren much as PAul and Silas were in Antioch) and went out 2 by 2 all over the world preaching Christ in one of the greatest missionary events of history. They established churches across the new world, some of which still exist today.

 

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