Preach it, Count

“Preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.” -Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf (1700–1760)

This is so anti-our current culture isn’t it, beloveds? It challenges me to think on how I view this life. Functionally, my quote would probably be more like, “Preach the gospel when it’s easy to, die (let’s not think about that though), and be revered forever.” Lord have mercy on us and humble our hearts! I’m so thankful God’s committed to reforming our hearts, and that we can see how He’s done that in the Count’s life.

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9 thoughts on “Preach it, Count

  1. I really like von Zinzendorf and the Moravians of that era. God has done amazing things through that man and those who stayed on his lands at Herrnhut.

      1. I am not sure what all is translated actually. One of the Wesley brothers translated some of his hymns into English. I’ve only read bits in church history books about him, but I always enjoy learning more about him.

  2. amen sister. Someone was arrested at Monmouth Mall last week for telling people about Jesus. How do you like that? Can you imagine? He was not harassing. Just speaking to those who wanted to listen. He was escorted off the property in handcuffs, and charged. He has a court date. We need to be bold in our faith, and in our beliefs. Saved people save and serve people. Who is going to tell them? Jesus said it would not ne easy. Love your blogs!

    1. Yikes. That’s awful. 😦 You’re right Lorri…I pray for boldness in my faith. I’ve been learning of several martyrs in my church history class and it’s quite convicting and awe-inspiring. May our faith be just as strong! Thanks for reading, girlie girl! xo

  3. I agree that von Z’s views are so counter to our culture. I have a similar outlook to your rewriting of his statement, but I pray for more humility and to become less, and Jesus to become MORE in my life. I just learned about an Anglican nurse today who knew her “soul was safe” even as she faced death for rescuing over 100 Allied soldiers during WW I. Interesting that you should post this just after a read about Edith Cavell–another Christian who did what needed to be done without a thought for her own life.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Cavell

    I’ll have to learn more about von Zinzendorf!

    1. Wow, thanks for sharing about Edith Cavell. I had never heard of her, but what a brave saint. I love that she helped all wounded, showing no distinction. What a great example for us, and especially for Christian nurses!

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