Reginald Heber

Reginald Heber, was an English Anglican Bishop whose ministry spanned across continents and races, making him one of the prominent heroes of the Christian faith. Born into a wealthy family, Heber showed the signs of a true Christian even from his childhood. By the age of five, he read the Bible thoroughly and remembered the verses by heart.

Birth: 21-04-1783
Death: 03-04-1826
Native Place: Malpas
Country: England
Place of Vision: Europe and India

He went to Oxford for his education and excelled in Latin and English poetry. Following his graduation, he was ordained in the Anglican Church and served the Shropshire parish for 16 years.

Heber was exceptionally gifted in writing hymns in praise and worship of God. He wrote hymns out of his experience, and they depicted the zeal and love he had for God and his service.

Reginald Heber ministry in Europe & India

Some of them include “Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!” “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains,” “Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning,” and “The Son of God Goes Forth to War.” He believed that Heaven is a place of eternal singing, and we must be trained on the earth to fit in there one day. His efforts saw a great improvement in the church’s music and singing.

While Heber was actively traveling around Europe encouraging the churches, he was appointed as the Bishop of Calcutta (which included the diocese of British India, Ceylon, and Australia) in 1823. He traveled ceaselessly to fulfill his duties as a Bishop. He served as an able administrator and displayed splendid enthusiasm for gospel propagation.

With his boundless energy, he traveled to set up schools and to establish and consecrate the churches. Despite the harsh weather and the travel was taking a toll on his health, he never ceased to visit the churches in need to strengthen them in their faith. During one such visit to the Trichinopoly district, after preaching to a large outdoor congregation, he suffered a stroke and then went to be with his heavenly master.

Beloved, are you training yourself to make yourself fit to reside in Heaven?

Take away from the article

“Lord, strengthen me to serve You tirelessly wherever You keep me. Amen!”

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