All there was of me

Matt Redman has always astounded and inspired me with his music and with his words.  Because of that, I have been re-reading his book, Facedown (which he also turned into my favorite live worship album), and I was caught by a section that truly challenged me to be more in awe of who God has called me to be.

Here is the quote that truly hit me about the founder of the Salvation Army:

One of the best examples I’ve come across of a man who sang his worship passionately and backed up his songs with a life of devotion was the founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth.  With a heart set on mission and mercy, Booth lived out his love for God through a life of serving the poor – a life so fruitful that we still feel its repercussions all over the world today.  So what was the secret to Booth’s success?  Was he a focused visionary following the seven key steps to building a long-lasting ministry?  Was he an insightful planner carefully working out a master plan that would establish the Salvation Army globally for decades to come?  No, I don’t think so.  Booth himself knew the key to his fruitfulness in ministry – it was worship with a price:

I will tell you the secret.  God has had all there was of me.  There have been men with greater brains than I, men with greater opportunities.  But from the day I got the poor of London on my heart, and caught a vision of all Jesus Christ could do with them, on that day I made up my mind that God would have all of William Booth there was.  And if there is anything of power in the Salvation Army today, it is because God has had all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life.”


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