You hope to be saved, but what reason have you to give of the hope that is in you? Is it because you have done no harm? or because you have done much good? or because you are not like others, but wise, or learned, or honest, and morally good; esteemed by others, and of a fair reputation? Alas! All this will never bring you to God….Do you know Jesus Christ whom He has sent? Has He taught you that “by grace, we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”? (Eph:2:8-9). Have you received the faithful saying as the whole foundation of your hope: that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners? Have you learned what that means, “I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance? I am not sent, but to the lost sheep”? Are you lost, dead, damned already? Do you know your deserts? Do you feel your needs? Are you poor in spirit? mourning for God and refusing to be comforted? Has the prodigal come to himself and therefore well content to be thought “beside himself” by those who are still feeding on the husks he has left? Are you willing to live godly in Christ Jesus? And do you therefore suffer persecution? Do men and women say all manner of evil against you falsely, for the Son of Man’s sake?
O that in all these questions you may hear the voice that wakes the dead and feel that hammer of the Word which breaks the rocks in pieces! If you will hear His voice today, while it is called today, do not harden your hearts. Awake, you who sleep in spiritual death, so that you do not sleep in death eternal!...Leave your old companions in sin and death. Save yourself from this perverse generation. Come out from among them and be separate,…and the Lord will receive you. “Christ will give you light.”
The Essential Works of John Wesley