“The most successful minister in God’s kingdom is he who fades into the periphery of Christ’s glory.” –Kenneth Kuykendall
In his book, Heartbeats of the Holy, Keith Knauss tells the story of a farmer who went to hear John Fletcher (a preacher who greatly influenced the ministry of John Wesley). As the old farmer set out to hear Fletcher at a local revival service in town, he passed by his neighbor who asked of his goings. The farmer said, “I am going to see Fletcher and hear him preach.”
On the following Monday, the farmer passed by the neighbor once again. When the neighbor asked if he was able to see Fletcher preach, the farmer replied, “No, I saw no man save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
The most successful minister in God’s kingdom is he who fades into the periphery of Christ’s glory. Oh, that God would raise up a generation of preachers who would, with the spirit of John the Baptist, seek to decrease in their generation, and increase the name of Jesus. However, it is a difficult endeavor to make Christ known in our lives when we are primarily full of ourselves. If the church of Jesus Christ could pray but one prayer in this hour, I think it should be this: God help others to see Christ in us, more than they see us.
Daily Reading: I Samuel 21-24
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