Most Christians would like to send their recruits to Bible college for five years. I would like to send them to hell for five minutes. That would do more than anything else to prepare them for a lifetime of compassionate ministry., William Booth
In 1865 in the east end of London, a young William Booth discovered the failure of the world and of the church to meet the needs of the poorest of the poor, ‘the submerged tenth.’ As he grow in mission and ministry to the poor he had children of his own and one day said to his son Bramwell. “Bramwell, were you aware men were sleeping under bridges, out in the cold?” to which Bramwell responded, “Yes Father!” Wiliam Booth retorted “then Bramwell you ought to be ashamed. GO AND DO SOMETHING!.” And the outreach ministry of the Salvation Army was born.
Today I woke up with this thought on my heart and on my mind. William Booth since my introduction to Bible-based 12 Step Recovery has been a spiritual giant in my life. Having spent 18 years of my life in recovery as a uniformed member of the Salvation Army I have always tried to live by William Booth’s challenge to GO FOR SOULS AND GO FOR THE WORST! Unfortunately in many incidences, I have failed. Not because of my desire to do something, not because of opportunities to GO FOR THE WORST-but simply because I have allowed the world’s definition of ‘Good Living.’ to influence how I have lived my life. the ‘GOOD NEWS’ is no matter how wrong any of us get it God, through the Holy Spirit gives us all opportunity to ‘START AGAIN’
STEP ELEVEN says In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it, and improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.
The chorus of song 335 in the Salvation Army Song book says:
I want to tell you what the Lord has done,
What the Lord has done for me;
He lifted me from the miry clay;
O what a happy day!
I want to tell you what the Lord can do,
What the Lord can do for you:
He can take your life as he did mine,
And make it anew.
With the end of the yearfast approaching. With lockdowns from the pandemic lifting and the chance to START AGAIN today I want to challenge everyone reading or listening to this post to heed William Booth’s charge to go for souls and go for the worst, find your submerged tenth. A hint, you are not going to find them in the rooms of A.A. or N.A, nor will you find them in church based recovery groups but if you take heed of the challenge of Step Eleven to spend time dally with God in prayer, rading the Bible and meditating on wthat He reveals to you, you will not only find them but He will open the way for you to lead them to Him.