Monday, 23 May 2011

Rees Howells: Intercessor

I was so very blessed again yesterday! A dear friend came by and gave me a three-volume set of Thomas Manton’s classic sermon series, entitled “Psalm 119.” Thomas Manton (1620-1677), for those who aren’t familiar with his works, was perhaps the greatest of all the Puritan preachers. I am so looking forward to disappearing in these pages. Thank you Brother.

This made me think of some of the other classics I’ve read over the years. Perhaps one of the greatest of these classics that I’ve enjoyed was a biography by Norman Grubb entitled “Rees Howells: Intercessor.” This is an amazing book that reads like it came right out of the pages of the Book of Acts! What an incredible legacy Rees Howells left us. If there ever was a life to emulate aside from Christ Jesus himself, this is it.

One of the stories centered a man who arrived at the train station one day and asked if “the man with the Holy Ghost” was in town. He did not ask for Rees Howells by name because he did not know his name. He simply knew that in that particular village lived a man filled with the Holy Ghost. The thing I found interesting in this was that the train station clerk knew exactly who this visitor was looking for, and directed him to the home of Rees Howells.

As I pondered this, I wondered if the same could be said for me. I work at a large facility with many employees. If one day a stranger walked in to the receptionist’s desk and asked if “the man with the Holy Ghost” was there that day, would she know exactly who he was referring? Would she, without him mentioning my name, have enough information to direct him to my office? Does my life so reflect the Spirit of God that “the man with the Holy Ghost” is enough of a descriptor for someone to point a stranger looking for me to my whereabouts? Dear Lord, let it be so!

If you have not yet read Rees Howells Intercessor, you owe it to yourself to do so. It will challenge you, and it will probably make you cry as you are confronted with a man who lived the Book of Acts in such a way that I’ve never heard or seen anyone else ever do.

It is a true Christian classic.

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