John Wesley: “Lord, let me not live to be useless!”

Portrait by George Romney (1789)/Wikimedia Commons

John Wesley is known as the leader of the Methodist movement. He was also cleric, evangelist, writer, and theologian. His sermons and books continue to echo through modern Christianity. He affirmed the love of God, the deity of Christ, and the revival spirit. Here are my top 10 quotes from John Wesley:

Lord, let me not live to be useless! – December 1763

Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge. – Novembers 1768

The best of it all is, God is with us. – The Living Wesley (1891)

Will any dare to speak against loving the Lord our God with all our heart, and our neighbour as ourselves? against a renewal of heart, not only in part, but in the whole image of God? Who is he that will open his mouth against being cleansed from all pollution both of flesh and spirit; or against having all the mind that was in Christ, and walking in all things as Christ walked? What man, who calls himself a Christian, has the hardiness to object to the devoting, not a part, but all our soul, body, and substance to God? – A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, 1766

Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love. -1771

God can give the end without any means at all; but you have no reason to think He will. Therefore constantly and carefully use all those means which He has appointed to be the ordinary channels of His grace. – 1771

I value all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.

I am always in haste, but never in a hurry. -1874

Let it be observed, that slovenliness is no part of religion; that neither this, nor any text of Scripture, condemns neatness of apparel. Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.

In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church. – The works of the Rev. John Wesley, 1812

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