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  "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15 

 

God Will Use Anyone

I'd like to share a story about someones life.

There was a child, born into a large family.  Tragically, his father died when he was just four years old, leaving his mother to tend for him, his six brothers and his two sisters.

When he was 17, he attended a church, as part of the conditions of his employment at his uncles shoe store.  After some months of attending this church, he converted to Christianity, when his Sunday school teacher told him about how much God loves him.

Here is what his Sunday school teacher had to say of him,

"I can truly say, and in saying it I magnify the infinite grace of God as bestowed upon him, that I have seen few persons whose minds were spiritually darker than was his when he came into my Sunday School class; and I think that the committee of the Mount Vernon Church seldom met an applicant for membership more unlikely ever to become a Christian of clear and decided views of Gospel truth, still less to fill any extended sphere of public usefulness."
The young man had a mind which was 'spiritually darker' than almost any that his Sunday school teacher had seen.  A month after being saved, he was rejected for church membership.  He would be saved for 13 months before his application for membership to a church was finally accepted.  No one expected him to be someone who would receive the Gospel, never mind be of service in the community.

Teaching a young boy about Christ

Later, this seemingly Christian mis-fit was observed, attempting to teach a young boy about Christ,

"The first meeting I ever saw him at was in a little old shanty that had been abandoned by a saloon-keeper. Mr. Moody had got the place to hold the meetings in at night. I went there a little late; and the first thing I saw was a man standing up with a few tallow candles around him, holding a negro boy, and trying to read to him the story of the Prodigal Son and a great many words he could not read out, and had to skip. I thought, 'If the Lord can ever use such an instrument as that for His honor and glory, it will astonish me. As a result of his tireless labor, within a year the average attendance at his school was 650, while 60 volunteers from various churches served as teachers. It became so well known that the just-elected President Lincoln visited and spoke at a Sunday School meeting on November 25, 1860."

He was in an old shanty building, telling a young boy the story of the Prodigal Son, having to skip words that he could not read.  The person seeing him noted that he woud be amazed if the Lord could ever use such a person as an instrument for His honour and glory.

Within a year, the average attendence of the church was 650, with 60 volunteers serving as teachers.  The church become so well known that the newly elected President elect visited and spoke there at a Sunday School meeting.

How was this person?

Dwight L Moody

The person was Dwight L Moody, who went on to become one of the most famous Evangelists in modern history.  Preaching in America, and the UK, regularly drawing crowds of up to 20, and 30 thousand.

Dwight Lyman Moody c.1900.jpg
Dwight L. Moody
1837-1899

The Wordless Book

Along with the renowned English Baptist Preacher, Charles Spurgeon, they created and promoted the Wordless Book, a teaching tool for cross cultural Evangelism and for teaching children about Christ.

 

Typically consisting of four colours: 

Gold Page

 1. Gold Page:
God loves you and wants you to be His child.


Dark Page
2. Dark Page:
You have sinned.

Red Page

 3. Red Page:
Christ died for you.


Clean Page

4. Clean Page:
You can become a child of God.

As Moses said

Moses told God that he had no skills, no abilities, no talents.  God asked Moses what was in his hand, and he answered, "a rod" (Exodus 4:2).  God used that rod, a simple stick, to lead His people from the cruel tyranny of Egypt to the promised land of Israel.

Regardless of what you have, or what you think you have, or what you think you don't have, God can and will use you.

Regardless of whether you think you are a misfit, that you are not 'good' enough for your local church, or other churches, just like Pastor Dwight L Moody was, or you say that you have no skills, no abilities, no talents, just like Moses said, God can and will use you.

James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

God isn't looking for proud people, people others may class as exceptional.  God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

God is looking for the weak, and He will make them strong.

2nd Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

Just like me, just like you, just like all of us, it is God's strength we rely on, the Lords, not our own.

In the words of the great Preacher, Pastor Jack Hyles, 'Give God your heart, and He will comb the kinks out of your head.'

God isn't looking for committees

God isn't looking for committees, organisations, groups, God is looking for one man, Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

One man can make a difference, it is not our strength, it is the Lord's strength.  Let us say with Isaiah, "Here am I; send me."  Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Wherever you are, whoever you are, let us be humble, and remember that one man, even that one person who everyone has written off, can make a difference for the Lord.  The Lord is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother,  “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:15



 

6th April 2018

 

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