«By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
GEORGE WHITEFIELD WAS born in England. His father died when George was only three years old. Because he was the son of a widow who managed an inn, George was a very poor man who, in spite of that, succeeded in studying at Oxford University in exchange for doing certain jobs for that prestigious institution, He was a schoolmate of the Wesley brothers and after his conversion, decided to dedicate his life to the Lord.
At twenty-one years of age, Whitefield preached his first sermon, which made an impression on his audience. In time, he became a famous preacher who attracted thousands of people with his sermons. As fruit of the conversion of those people, Great Britain experienced a spiritual awakening, Sometime later, Whitefield left for the New World and became the main driving force of the Great Awakening, a succession of Christian religious revivals in the English American colonies during the eighteenth century.
When we look for Great Awakening in Wikipedia, we find a very interesting description of what the main emphases of the sermons of that time were: It «made religion intensely personal to the average person by fostering a deep sense of spiritual conviction of personal sin and need for redemption, and by encouraging introspection and a commitment to a new standard of personal morality.» Undoubtedly, that movement made history because those are the pillars of American religion to this day. It seems to me that they are good pillars for our own spiritual awakening today.
An intensely personal Christianity. Getting together one, two, three times a week with our brothers and sisters in the faith is wonderful, but it can never be substituted for a personal commitment with God, an individual dependence on the Father through prayer, and private reading of the Bible.
A deep sense of spiritual conviction that is manifested in our way of treating others (based on love and in the practice of forgiveness), of not giving in to immorality, and of seeking eternal life.
the fostering of introspection in the sense of internalizing what the message of the Bible has for me in such a way that it is reflected in my personal morality.
Lord, give us today an awakening of our faith based on those pillars and on those You wish to add to our understanding and practice of religion. Amen.