The World Has Yet To See!
“Commit Your Way to the Lord…” Psalm 37:5
February is the month (as you are well aware) we celebrate President’s Day, a holiday established in the middle 1880’s originally to honor the first president of the United States—George Washington, February 22. Some years later another name was added to that list, a one Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday occurred on February 12. While most take the special holiday as a remembrance for every US president, it was originally intended to highlight the one or two February-born presidents who left an indelible mark upon our counties history.
Yet there is another February-birthed historical figure that made a greater impression still. He was born February 5, 1837 in a rural farming community in Norfield, Massachusetts. His father died when he was 4 years old, leaving his widowed mother to raise him and his 8 other siblings on a very meager existence. He was shuffled around from place to place simply to provide nourishment and shelter, an arrangement that he never got accustomed to.
He finally ended up in Chicago to work with an uncle in the shoe repair business. He was a smart business man, building a business of some $5,000 per year (equivalent am told of nearly $139,000 in today’s currency), and compiling a savings account of over $7,000 (you do the math). But business was not his passion, nor did he stick with business for long. By the age of 23 he was completely sold out to Christ and was completely absorbed in evangelizing the lost.
His endeavors are absolutely incredible:
- He started a Sunday school for street children in the Chicago area that reached 1,500 in attendance per week
- During the Civil War he visited the Battlefields (some of them live) to share the gospel of Christ with soldiers, many of whom died there.
- He built a church for the growing number of converts that gathered weekly to hear the gospel preached. Incidentally, in the great Chicago fire of 1871 every building they met in was destroyed and rebuilt within six months. He is quoted as saying, “I saved nothing but my reputation and my Bible.”
- He founded a girls home in Norfield, Mass and two years later a home for boys in the same area known as Mount Hermon.
- His ministry blossomed to an international scale: he preached on many occasions in Ireland, Scotland, England, and Palestine, not to mention his preaching from coast-to-coast in North America.
- He developed lasting friendships with CH Spurgeon (London), Andrew Bonar (Scotland), Horatio Spafford (Song Writer), and Hudson Taylor (China Inland Mission). In fact, his interest in missions was so intense that he regularly preached the “wordless book”—the color-only pages invented by Spurgeon himself in the 1860’s.
- Finally, it is estimated that he led as many as 1,000,000 people to the Lord in salvation decisions, throughout the US and around the world!
His name is D.L Moody. A man of unquenchable spirit who was committed to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to all he came in contact with. R.A. Torrey, pastor of the church later named Moody Church in Chicago once wrote seven short statements outlining why he believed God used Moody (see a fuller biographical article at www.believersweb.org): 1) fully surrendered, 2) man of prayer, 3) student of God’s Word, 4) humble, 5) no love of money, 6) consuming passion for the lost, and 7) definite enduement with power from on high. In fact, the great Irish preacher Henry Varley once said to Moody in a private conversation in Dublin: The world has yet to see what God will do with, and for, and through, and in, and by the man who is fully consecrated to Him.
So this moth consider the life of a man of God who was fully surrendered and consecrated to God and His kingdom work. It makes for a way better holiday in my opinion. Would that we would find success in saving of souls even to a small degree of Dwight L Moody.
Blessings on the journey,