Sermon Illustrations

John Wesley had a great contemporary in God’s service in the evangelical revival in the 18th century. His name was George Whitfield. They were great friends from their days at Oxford but were divided in their theology. Wesley was Arminian but Whitfield followed Calvin and there was some animosity between their followers. One of Whitfield’s followers said to him, ‘We won’t see Wesley in heaven, will we.’ Whitfield replied, ‘You are right, we won’t see him in heaven. He’ll be so close to the throne of God, that we won’t be able to see him!’ Close to the throne of God, to join in the praise of the Lamb. That’s where we must seek to be by our faithfulness down here.