A Charge to Keep

A Charge to Keep

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Charles Wesley was influenced deeply by the writings of Matthew Henry. Born in 1662, Henry devoted much of his life to Bible study and prayer. His insights had such an impact that he began publishing a commentary in 1708. His writings still are used widely throughout the world.

Wesley, who was born on this day in 1707 in northern England, particularly was blessed by Henry’s insights on Leviticus 8. Henry described how each believer has “a charge to keep, an eternal God to glorify, an immortal soul to provide for, needful duty to be done, our generation to serve.” This, he reminded us, is God’s call for each of us.

In 1762, inspired by Henry’s comments, Wesley wrote a hymn, called “A Charge to Keep I Have.” Here, Wesley expressed his sense of God’s call on his own life. In this hymn, Wesley realized his mission was to glorify God, “to serve the present age, my calling to fulfill.” He desired to engage all of his powers “to do my Master’s will.” Wesley knew he would need to give “a strict account” of all that God had given to him. He prayed, “Help me to watch and pray,” relying on God for the strength and resources He needed.

Today, remember that God has given you a charge to keep. You have a special call and unique gifts and talents. Dedicate your life to serving Him and seeking first His kingdom.