We all know the story of Benjamin Franklin.
We know about the kite, string, key, and electricity. We also should know much more about Ben Franklin.
He was an inventor, intellectual, diplomat, and scientist. He invented bifocals.
He served as our ambassador to France when France was the main ally of our new country.
There’s another man from that era as famous and important as Benjamin Franklin. That man was George Whitefield, a preacher of the gospel and leader in the First Great Awakening (a religious revival that set the tone for America as a Christian nation).
Whitefield was born in England but spent a large amount of time preaching in the colonies. Though he died shortly before the Declaration of Independence, he had helped set the character of our country.
Whitefield was called the greatest preacher that England has ever produced. During a 34 year ministry, he preached an incredible 40-60 hours a week, totaling more than 18,000 sermons! Even as astounding is the fact he preached in the open air to crowds of 30,000 people.
This great man of God wrote a letter to Benjamin Franklin. In it he commended Franklin for his interest in learning and being a leader. Then he challenged the great Benjamin Franklin.
“I find that you grow more and more famous in the learned world. As you have made such progress in investigating the mysteries of electricity, I now humbly urge you to give diligent heed to the mystery of the new birth. It is a most important and interesting study and , when mastered, will richly repay you for your pains.”
Could I encourage you to take the Whitefield challenge? Shouldn’t this be a subject we all seek to master? After all, Jesus said: “You must be born again.”
Reading John 3 and 4 will help you begin your study of the mystery of the new birth.
Would you please pass this along to your friends as my humble request that they seek to understand God’s desire for them to receive Him in their lives? God wants us to know Him by being born of His Spirit. You will find this well worth the effort.
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