A year after his Heart Warming Experience at Aldersgate Street John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, made some bold moves with the people called Methodists by establishing a base for their work. This renewal movement of the Church of England was young. But they were people who were set on bringing the Kingdom of God to the people in their reach and in this case, London.
So in 1739, Wesley purchased the Foundry in London. This was where the cannons and other ordnance were made for the King’s military. Wesley transformed the building into a place of worship, of service to the poor, and a place of prayer. I love the fact that a place that was once used to bring about war, was now used to bring about the Peace of God in the hearts of His people. It was re-purposed for the Kingdom of God.
That one of the things I like about spring. The ground that was cold, harsh, and lifeless a month ago, now displays the beauty of new growth in flowers, vegetables and the like. It has been re-purposed from death into life.
So is the message of Easter. What was once lifeless and set upon destruction, now brings about beauty and peace. What was once without hope, is now ripe with promise of a new birth. What was once lost to sin and death, now hears the words of forgiveness and life eternal.
This Easter season what areas of your life is God seeking to re-purpose? What are the ways that He wants to move you from war with Him to Peace with Him? What are the ways He wants to bring life into the lifeless areas? My prayer is that we would all welcome the new life, and new purposes, He brings this year.