General Booth’s Vision of the Lost

On Sunday at Toronto City Church as part of my message I read a large portion of General William Booth’s (Founder of the Salvation Army) “Vision of the Lost”. You can find it all over the internet but I still wanted to share it here. I believe it is a powerful picture and reminder of the importance of having a heart for people to come to know Jesus, and being prepared to do something about it:

On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window, I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to see them all . . . millions of people all around me given up to their drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their business and their anxieties, their politics and their troubles. Ignorant – willfully ignorant in many cases – and in other instances knowing all about the truth and not caring at all. But all of them, the whole mass of them, sweeping on and up in their blasphemies and devilries to the Throne of God. While my mind was thus engaged, I had a vision. Continue reading →