George Muller, hero

This morning, I want to talk about a hero.

Now, my parents are my all-time heroes.  In the near future I’ll explain why.

George Muller, 1805-1898 But, I also have some heroes among historic Christians — people I look up to and respect and attempt to emulate.  Chief among these is George Muller.

 Muller was born in Germany and lived a self-indulgent, sinful life until he was about 20.  At that time he was saved when he was invited by a friend to a Bible study in somebody’s home.

He eventually went to England for training with the London Missionary Society, but parted ways with them some time later, after much prayer, when he found that he could not agree to one of their doctrinal statements.

He then was called to preach at a small country church.  One of the first things he did was to abolish the practice of renting pews at the church, which was the traditional way that pastors were supported at the time.  Instead, he put a collection box at the door.

Muller soon gained the respect and admiration of the church members — a difficult thing to do for a foreigner in rural England speaking with a heavy German accent.

After some times of trial and success, he was invited to pastor at a chapel in Bristol.  It was during his time at Bristol that he began the ministry to orphans for which he is so famous today.  He started by renting one house as a home for orphans and ended up, years later, building several orphanage buildings and caring for thousands of orphans.

He did this without ever asking anyone for a penny.  Instead, he prayed in everything he needed for himself and the ministry.  He determined early-on that he would never tell anyone of his needs, except God.  He would then spend much time in prayer, asking God to lay the needs upon the hearts of Christians that could help.

 And it worked!

During his lifetime, Muller lived as a penniless man.  He never had a fancy house, fancy clothes, a fancy carriage, or any other extraordinary material thing.  But, vast sums of money passed through his hands and was used to care for the orphans, print Bibles, print tracts, and even support missionaries (such as Hudson Taylor).

He was a calm and humble man, not easily excited and never bragging on himself.  There wasn’t a self-promotional bone in his whole body.

Had he decided to pursue what this world has to offer, he could have been a very wealthy man.  He had the wisdom, savvy, and self-discipline to excel at any business he might have put his hand to.  Instead, he went about God’s business … and God took care of his every need.

Muller loved door-to-door visiting.  He enjoyed talking one-on-one with people about what God could do for them.  He loved prayer, and often spent hours with God before other people even got out of bed in the morning.

George Muller was asked one day what was the “secret” of his success.  He replied that there came a day when George Muller died — and as George Muller’s wants, wishes, and desires diminished they were replaced with God’s wants and desires.  The more control God had, the more the ministry prospered.

George Muller is my greatest hero among those Christians who have passed on.  Lord, give us more men and women like him, and let me be one of them!

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