Attempting Great Things

“Expect great thingS FROM GOD;
attempt great things FOR GOD.”

Originally spoken in his sermon to the Baptist Association meeting in Northampton, England, May 30, 1792, William Carey, the “father” of the modern missionary movement, used the citation to urge his Baptist colleagues to enter the missionary enterprise.  It formed the twofold division of his sermon, framing the challenge he set before them.  Today, we see the quote paraphrased often by agencies and individuals as “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”