“In his lifetime, this onetime plumber would give a new meaning to the word “adventure”. Adventure’s only requirement? – “Only Believe!”
These were the words of Roberts Liardon when he was introducing the man many choose to refer to as the “Apostle of Faith”- Smith Wigglesworth. This was a man who had a very humble beginning. He also lived a simple life but he certainly did exploits for God. He possessed a rare combination of great simplicity and dogged faith.
I was really touched by his description of salvation. Look at what he said:
“I saw that God wants us so badly that He has made the condition as simple as He possibly could – ‘Only Believe.’“
As far as Wigglesworth was concerned, faith is the most essential for salvation. Just faith. Nothing else is as important. Not good deeds, “service” or perhaps self condemnation. “Only Believe!” And do you think the Bible agrees? Of course yes! Remember that: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)
I was reading about some great men and women of God of old and I discovered that they were able to achieve what they achieved mainly by being totally focused on God. They were people who were super sensitive to the Spirit’s leading. Those who lost connection often ended up making several mistakes.
This is something that needs to be fixed in the church today. Many are looking elsewhere when they should be “…looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our(their) faith.” No one is listening to hear what the Sprit is saying anymore. We are all too busy and occupied with activities today that we seem to have only little time for God. Although many claim to be working for God, but in reality, they are working only for themselves. They are being occupied with what God hasn’t asked them to do thereby neglecting the real job at hand in the process.
I think it is time for us to sit down and re-evaluate ourselves. Are we doing what we ought to or have we deviated? Can we still hear God’s voice amongst us or has He departed long ago without our noticing it? Is the Holy Spirit still our boss or perhaps we are now our own bosses?
God wants us, without a doubt, He does. But until we let Him take no.1 spot, we would continue to “manage”. God has amazing plans for us but we must get rid of all the clog in our wheels. We must drop all our “religiousity” that might stand in the way. We must be totally submitted and committed to his will. All we must do is to Only Believe and see His will being done on earth through us!