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Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It’s not about ability but availability”
As we continue to “Surround ourselves with the thoughts of those who have thought much about God”, we’ve been considering “great thoughts from great Christians”. This morning I want to return us to the thoughts and words of Dwight L. Moody. Yesterday I told you of how successful Moody was in the breadth and scope of his ministry efforts. He led many thousands to faith in Christ; he counseled with Presidents and world leaders; he started a Bible college; he was the founder and publisher of a magazine; he wrote books; and much more.
What I didn’t tell you is that D.L. Moody was a simple man with a humble background. He was raised as a poor farm boy. Despite his success in life and ministry, he never did become a smooth and articulate speaker. It was sometimes said of him that “He butchers the King’s English!” He was often thought by the sophisticated and cultured in society to be an uncouth country bumpkin. And yet, D.L. Moody is consistently rated by Christian historians as having been one of the great evangelists and leaders in the history of the Church. He is commonly mentioned along with figures like Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finny, and Billy Graham.
How could that be? We find the answer in Moody’s own words: “The world has yet to see what Almighty God can and will do with, for, through, in, and by a man wholly and fully yielded to Him and to His service.” In a similar vein, he also wrote, “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.”
Moody was well aware of his own shortcomings and limitations. But he also knew that God can do a lot with a little. God doesn’t need our ability. Instead, He’s looking for our availability. This is what the Apostle Paul was explaining in 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 (above). Most of the Corinthian Christians, like D.L. Moody, were simple people with no special training or ability. But God can and will do a lot with a little. All He needs is our willingness and obedience. He will then supply the rest. That was true of the Corinthians, it was true for D.L. Moody, and it will be true for us too. Just be available and obedient. God will supply whatever else is needed.
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