There are moments in life when we doubt our work unto the Lord and think that God isn't bringing any good from our efforts. We need to renew our mind with the Word of God and know that great fruit is promised to come no matter what the results may look like right now. Don't allow the enemy to discourage your efforts, but rather remember the promise of the Lord and know that God is faithful to His word and is working on the heart of men even when it doesn’t seem like it. Rejoice in the goodness of the Lord and continue your good works knowing that your impact is sure to never be forgotten. (Matthew 5:5-12) (Romans 12:1-18) (Isaiah 55:8-11)
I hope you are abundantly blessed by this great story that shows how one man impacted our world where millions were positively changed forever.
A MAN NAMED KIMBALL
Edward Kimball was concerned about one of his young Sunday School students who worked at a shoe store in town. One day Kimball visited him at the store, found the student working in the back stocking shelves, and led him to Christ then and there. Dwight L. Moody eventually left the shoe store to become one of the greatest preachers and evangelists of all time.
Moody, whose international speaking took him to the British Isles, preached in a little chapel pastored by a young man with the imposing name of Frederick Brotherton Meyer. In his sermon Moody told an emotionally charged story about a Sunday School teacher who personally went to every student in his class and led each of them to Christ.
That message changed Pastor Meyer's ministry, inspiring him to become an evangelist like Moody. Over the years Meyer came to America. While speaking in Northfield, MA a young preacher heard Meyer say, "If you are not willing to give up everything for Christ, are you willing to be made willing?" That remark led J. Wilbur Chapman to respond to the call of God on his life.
Chapman went on to become one of the most effective evangelists of his time. A volunteer by the name of Billy Sunday helped set up his crusades and learned how to preach by watching Chapman. Sunday eventually took over Chapman's ministry becoming one of the most dynamic evangelists of this century. Billy Sunday's preaching brought thousands to Christ.
Inspired by a 1924 Billy Sunday crusade in Charlotte, NC a group of Christians dedicated themselves to reaching their city for Christ. The
group invited the evangelist Mordecai Ham to come and hold a series of evangelistic meetings in 1932. A lanky 16 year old sat in the huge crowd one evening, spellbound by the message the white-haired preacher gave. Each evening the preacher seemed to be shouting and waving his finger at the young man. Night after night the teen came and finally went forward to give his life to Christ.
That teenager was Billy Graham. Billy Graham has communicated the gospel to more people than any other person in history. And it all started with a Sunday School teacher named Kimball. Millions have been affected by his decision to go into a shoe store and share Christ with one person. Millions more will continue to feel his impact.
Can something like this happen today? Of course! God wants to use you to change the world. Make an eternal difference by sharing the gospel with those around you and by supporting others who do God's work around the world.
Let this message be an encouragement to you to never give up on the work that God has called you to. Through ordinary people, God is able to do extraordinary things. One of my favorite scriptures is found in 1 Corinthians 1:26-27, "For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the
wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty."
Every person is able to change the world for the better, but they must believe in the work that they are doing and know that their efforts are
not in vain. We are to remember in whom we have believed and always keep in mind that God is able to do great things through the smallest vessels. Be encouraged and run your race with renewed determination for the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ and be an example of His love and saving Grace every moment that you are able. (2 Timothy 1:11-14) (Revelation 5:10)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 3:5-8 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall
direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones."
Ephesians 4:1-6 "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness
and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who
is above all, and through all, and in you all."
Hebrews 12:1-3 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
In Christ’s Service,