John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, had a contagious enthusiasm for his work. With a singleness of purpose, he had an inner burning desire to be the best possible instrument he could be for the Lord’s work.
A small man, weighing only about 127 pounds, he rose each morning at 5 a.m., and every day rode by horseback through the English countryside, seeking out people to hear his message. Some days he rode up to sixty miles in a day, quite an accomplishment at that time. Many nights, he could still be found preaching at midnight – energetic, enthusiastic, unexhausted.
Twelve thousand people once heard John Wesley preach all day. They came by foot, oxcart, horseback, and carriage to the open-air meeting.
Once, a man was so touched by Wesley’s message that he rushed through the crowd, grabbed Wesley, and said, “Dr. Wesley, you’re a phenomenal speaker. Thousands came here today to hear you speak. What’s your secret?”
Wesley replied, “I don’t know, son. I just set John Wesley on fire, and people come to see him burn!”
Stir up the gift that is within you. Fan the coals to flame! Then go spread your fire to those who need it.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God. ~ 2 Timothy 1:6