September 15, 2022

Preaching Christ

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“We preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness.” – 1 Corinthians 1:23 NASB

Born in England in 1708, William Grimshaw grew up in a Christian home. However while in college, he adopted a worldly lifestyle. He became a minister primarily because of the good salary.

Although a pastor, he spent much time playing cards, hunting, fishing, and drinking. Then tragedy struck when a young couple in his church lost a baby. His only guidance was that they enjoy themselves and forget their sorrow.

Disappointed by his own counsel, he began to examine his life. During those months of struggle, his wife died. Sinking deeper into despair, Grimshaw turned to prayer and Bible study. As a result, his life was changed, and he began pointing people to Jesus.

He moved to a village where most people were indifferent to the Gospel. Here, Grimshaw recommitted his life to Christ. His preaching began to have greater power, and people began flocking to church. Word spread that a revival was happening. His messages were often marked with practical illustrations, but, he vowed always to preach Christ.

Looking back, he only regretted that “he had done so little for Jesus.” His greatest joy was that Jesus had done so much for him. After meeting with Grimshaw, John Wesley observed, “A few such as him would make a nation tremble. He carries fire wherever he goes!”

Grimshaw is a powerful example of how God can transform lives. Ask Him to transform your life.

Reflection Question: What was a turning point in your life when you embraced God more fully?

Father, use me to impact others with the Gospel. Thank You for Your protection, power, and blessing. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 1