Monday, November 16, 2009

LEARNING FROM EVAN ROBERTS

I have been reading an article, "Evan Roberts &
the Welsh Revival" by Ken Horn in the Nov. 15. 09
issue of the Pentecostal Evangel. pp.11-13.
It really grabs me. Oh! that we had preachers and
teachers like that today. Roberts humility and
utter desire to only lift up Jesus seems foreign to
us now. Ken points out several things about Roberts.
  • Roberts never let himself become the center of attention.
  • He granted no interviews.
  • He would not allow pictures to be taken of him.
  • If he felt people came to see him, he would apologize and leave.
  • His sermons became briefer as the revival progressed.
In "Higher Praise Greatest Preachers (Evan Roberts)" we find
Roberts was anything but conventional. Some times he would
only lead the people in prayer or read the Scriptures. Other
times he sat silent as people confessed their sins and gave
testimony of Christ's victory. "He was a constant example
not of how to preach, but of how to be led by the Spirit."
That sounds more like a New Testament meeting than a
meeting of today.

After reading several accounts of Evan Roberts life and
work, one thing stands out to me, his motivation. Even
from a young age, when he was seeking after God and
thirsting for Spiritual things, it seems that his motivation
was not to be a preacher or teacher. But his motivation
was simply to glorify Jesus and the salvation of his fellow
country men.

Is it any wonder that he was an instrument that God could
use in drawing 100,000 Welsh people to Christ.
"Lord help me to die to self and only lift you up."

3 comments:

Rose said...

I am familiar with the Welsh revival but really not so familiar with Evan Roberts. OH, to have men like that again! Pointing continually to Christ and not themselves. Thanks for sharing this information, I really enjoyed hearing about this godly man.

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Sassy Granny ... said...

I've not heard of Even Roberts before your post. But you can be sure I'll not forget his name. I love the humble men & women who often prefer obscurity as they serve God mightily: the last who will, no doubt, be first in His kingdom!

Thank you for the peak you've provided into Robert's heart. Now I've got to know more!

Blessings,
Kathleen