William Carey – Attempt Great Things for God; Expect Great Things From God

Mar 01

William Carey – Attempt Great Things for God; Expect Great Things From God

William Carey was a shoemaker, beginning at the apprentice level when he was a teenager. As a member of the Anglican church, he was told to believe that God had already determined who was to be saved and who was to be lost. But the more William studied scripture on his own, the more he understood that teaching to be false.

He drew maps on his walls and made his own globe to remind him of all the people in the world who hadn’t yet heard the gospel. By the time he was in his twenties, he’d become a pastor of a small Baptist church. He tried to speak to the more experience pastors but no one believed in his vision.

CareyEngravingWilliam began to read about the Apostle Paul and John Eliot, who preached to the American Indians during colonial times. He gathered data about the different countries in the world and in 1792 published an 82 page book about the Christian’s responsibility to spread the gospel around the world. His book started thus:

“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?”

He continued to share his vision for missions around the world and delivered a famous sermon where he said, “Brothers, expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

William Carey then put into practice what he preached. In 1793 He convinced his family to go to India as missionaries. Despite illnesses, poverty and government roadblocks, he felt he was doing what he’d been called to do. His ministry didn’t have a single convert for seven years. Because he felt that faith came by hearing the Word of God, he devoted time and money into translating scripture into the local language. His ministry didn’t begin to flourish until 1799 when he was able to start a school in India. His wife was ill and he didn’t have a lot of help raising his children, but he was faithful to God’s leading and continued to believe in missionary work until his death in 1834. Four of his sons also became missionaries and William Carey is considered to be the Father of Missions.

William Carey didn’t only attempt great things, he expected great things. Despite all of the obstacles in his path – poverty, limited support from back home, illness and death – he persevered in His faith and was rewarded.

What dream is your heart? What great thing do you want to attempt? Do you expect great things to follow? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.


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