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285 years ago this week

January 14, 2009

On January 12, 1723, Jonathan Edwards made a solemn dedication of Himself to God. It was one of the defining moments of His life. And I’ll share the written vow in a moment.

Few people have left the kind of legacy that Jonathan Edwards did. He is famous for his sermons, including Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, that helped spark the Great Awakening. He graduated from Yale at 13 as valedictorian. After graduating, he is said to have studied thirteen hours a day. He also served as President of Princeton. 

But the thing I find most impressive is that he spent one hour every evening with his eleven children. He prioritized his family and the results speak for themselves. Of his known descendants, more than 300 have become ministers or missionaries; 120 became university professors; over 100 became lawyers; 60 became prominentauthors; there are 30 judges, 14 college presidents, 3 members of congress, and 1 vice-president.

How would you like to leave that kind of legacy?

Back to January 12, 1723. Edwards gave himself to God with these words:

I made a solemn dedication of myself to God, and wrote it down; giving up myself, and all that I had to God; to be for the future, in no respect, my own; to act as one that had no right to himself, in any respect. And solemnly vowed, to take God for my whole portion and felicity; looking on nothing else, as any part of my happiness, nor acting as if it were; and his law for the constant rule of my obedience.

Translation: “Anything, anywhere, anytime, no matter the cost.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex Frost permalink
    January 16, 2009 1:27 am

    Wow what a coincidence that the day I read “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” in my English 3 class you write a post about Johnathan Edwards.
    Recently I decided to rededicate myself to the Lord. I was baptized about a year ago but never made a true commitment to giving everything I had to God, even school. I had these little moments where I felt conviction but gave little commitments and little sacrifices. I never gave Him everything until now, especially in a critical time in my life. So now I have the full assurance that the Lord takes hold of my life and is leading me where he wants me and that what ever he says goes.

  2. josh permalink
    January 16, 2009 11:00 am

    A Jonathan Edwards in the making…

  3. Alan Hood permalink
    January 18, 2009 12:09 am

    Doesn’t that sum it up? Give everything that we/you have to Jesus Christ, there is not a sacrifice to big or small. What a legacy. This is Jesus Christ blessing one mans obedience to him.

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