Friday, July 4, 2008
From Ordinary to Extraordinary
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
A conversation took place many years ago between D. L. Moody, before he became the great evangelist, and another man. The man said to Moody, “You know, the world has yet to see what God can do with and through the man who is totally committed to Him.”
Those words went deep into Moody’s heart, and he prayed, “Lord, I want to be that man.” He sure came close.
The Book of Acts is a story of ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things because they allowed God to have His way in their lives. In the same way, God wants to use you to turn your world upside down for Christ.
It starts with you saying, “Lord, I want to make a difference. I don't want this world to turn me around. I want to turn it around. Use me.”
The world has yet to see what God can do with and through the man or woman who is totally committed to Him. Will God find such people today? I wonder if you would say, like Moody, “I want to be that person.”
If you will, then your life can make a difference. It will be exciting in the days ahead to see what God will do through and with you. But He wants you to be available to Him.
One of these days, your life will come to an end. What will you say of your life? What will others say?
How great it would be to say, like Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7).
What will you say?
Copyright © 2008 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
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The Bible says, "If any man be in Christ, he is an altogether different kind of person. Old things have passed away. Everything becomes fresh and new." That is the truth I want you and everyone who reads this book to come away with. And it is a message not just of hope, but also of Christ's redemptive power.