On this day in 1856, evangelist D.L. Moody was taken into church membership. Moody was saved the previous year when his Sunday School teacher talked to him about the love that God had for him. Later, he was accepted into church membership. His Sunday School teach, Edward Kimball, writes this 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.”
Moody immediately sprung into action and began growing in his faith and serving God. He planted a church in Chicago due to a Bible study he was leading that grew too large and needed a permanent location. It was said of this Bible study:
“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.”
Are we able to see the change that God can make in an individuals life? Moody went from someone who many people thought was hopeless and too far gone to being one of history’s most well-known evangelists. Our God is in the life-changing business. He changed Moody’s and He can change the hearts and lives of people all around the world.
Spurgeon went on to become a prolific author of many types of works including sermons, an autobiography, commentaries, books on prayer, devotionals, magazines, poetry, hymns and more. Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Spurgeon produced powerful sermons of penetrating thought and precise exposition. His oratory skills held throngs of listeners spellbound in the Metropolitan Tabernacle and many Christians have discovered Spurgeon’s messages to be among the best in Christian literature.
Spurgeon is another great example of what God can do with a life. At the age of sixteen, he began his journey of faith with our God and God was magnified through his life in many ways. Spurgeon gave his life to God as a young man. Let us know that it is never too late for God to change and use us as well. He uses people of all ages and all backgrounds to make His name famous all around the world.
*Entry submitted by Edward De Los Reyes
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