Last week I had the privilege of speaking at the annual conference of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion. I know, it’s a strange name, yet a fascinating story. ‘The Countess of Huntingdon was a truly remarkable woman. A product of, and contributor to, the religious revival of the eighteenth century. As an early convert of the Revival, she soon began to display a deep concern for the spiritual and social needs of her contemporaries. Servants in her own household on the one hand, and members of the aristocracy, including the Royal Family, on the other, came within the sphere of her influence and concern. She used the weight of her position and her substantial wealth to full effect.’ Indeed, it is estimated that during her life, the Countess of Huntingdon financed over two-hundred chapels the length and breadth of Britain, in order to facilitate growing congregations of Calvinistic Methodists.
Of course, not many of us have the influence nor the finances that this particular lady had. Yet, all of us have been given a rich deposit of natural talent, spiritual gifts and interpersonal relationships that God wants us to use for the extension of His kingdom and the revelation of His Glory. I therefore leave us all with the question. What will I do with mine and what will you do with yours?
Every blessing, Gareth