What can we gather from the life of the famous preacher George Whitefield for our edification and encouragement today? Many preachers have been and continue to be encouraged by the life of Whitefield, and we also believe his life had many wonderful examples for us to look at as children of God and believers in Jesus Christ.
This is not an exhaustive listing of lessons and truths, but only a few helpful ones that we can apply to our Christian lives today.
Lesson 1: Not Seeking the Applause of this World
The first lesson we can learn is that Whitefield fought against the desire to be accepted by the world and its ways. He was esteemed by the masses at age twenty-one and by age twenty-two hated by most. Such is the fickleness of the world we live in and that crucified our Lord. At one moment they want to make him King and at the next moment they are crying out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (Luke 23:21).
This world is at enmity with God; and when a god is shown to them that approves of the world-system and their actions, there is an embracing of this god of only benevolent love. Yet when God is shown to be the holy God that cannot stand in the presence of sin, that exposes the sins of the heart, at that moment the hatred of the world becomes utmost. It was in the height of hatred when they crucified God’s Son.
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