Dwight L. Moody's Inabilities
I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me
(2 Corinthians 12:9
In the 19th century, a young Christian heard a Bible
teacher say, "The world has yet to see what God can do with a man who is totally surrendered to Him."
The young Christian said to himself, "I want to be that man." That young man was Dwight L. Moody, who became one of the greatest evangelists of all time, long before radio and television.
When the searching eyes of the Lord found Moody, they found a man whose "availability" far surpassed his "ability." But God can do a lot with a little if He has all there is of it.
Moody was born in 1837 in the little town of Northfield, Mass. His father died at an early age of 41, leaving his widow in poverty, with a large mortgage on the home.
The creditors grabbed everything they could, including firewood. Mrs. Moody tried to keep her family of nine children not only together, but together in Sunday School.
By the time Dwight was 17, he had become a successful shoe salesman for Holton's Shoe Store. Moody accepted Christ in the back room of the shoe store through the guidance of his Sunday School teacher. Later, he became actively involved in the Plymouth Congregational Church in Chicago. As a layman, he began renting the church pews and filling them up with men and women whom he had invited.
He went on to become the great evangelist. But he never got away from his simple commitment and the memories of the first time he stood up to speak as a young man, when one of the deacons assured him that, in his opinion, he would serve God best by keeping still. Another critic praised Moody for his zeal but pleaded with him, saying that he should realize his limitations and not attempt to speak in public. "You make too many mistakes in grammar."
Moody patiently made reply to the man's concern: "I know I make mistakes, and I lack many things, but I'm doing the best I can with what I've got." He then quietly looked at the man and searchingly inquired, "Look here, friend, you've got grammar enough. What are you doing with it for the Master?"
God is looking for people today who will decide to take what they have and totally commit it to be used for the Master.
Perhaps a future Dwight L. Moody is reading this right now.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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