When LeRoy and I traveled to spend a few days with my publisher, we stayed on the campus of Moody Bible Institute, which sits on thirteen blocks of prime real estate in the heart of downtown Chicago. From our apartment high in the clouds, we watched the city rumble with activity on the streets below us. I loved watching students make their way to class or work. It was my first visit to the campus and I took the opportunity to ask a lot of questions and soak up all I could about this historic school named after their founder.
Do you recognize the name D. L. Moody?
Moody is the man who took up the challenge to be that “one man” who would live totally devoted to God. Henry Varley made a statement to Moody and some friends that, “The world has yet to see what God can do with . . . and through a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.” Moody determined that he would be that man.
Dwight L. Moody lived fully and wholly consecrated to God.
It is a supreme pleasure to watch God take the simple and ordinary and do the extraordinary. That’s what he did through D. L. Moody. He was born on a farm in 1837 and his formal education ended in the fifth grade. His life was pretty much going nowhere until he met Christ at eighteen. Moody impacted the world as an evangelist, a revivalist, and a pioneer in establishing an educational institution, first a seminary for women, then one for men and eventually what is now known as MBI. (You can read more about Moody’s life here.)
God truly honored Moody’s consecration to live all out for God’s glory.
As part of our visit to Moody, I was invited to speak at MBI’s Grad Student’s Chapel. What a blast it was to meet so many students who are committing their lives to ministry! It was a joy to share with them from this text:
[box]Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen! (Psalm 72:18–19)[/box]
After chapel, LeRoy and I spent much of the afternoon with a large group of these hot-hearted millennials and we loved it. It seems the dark cloud of spiritual oppression is moving across our globe and it may look like the evil one is winning. But I was super encouraged as we met young men and women who are preparing to be used on the front lines of battle.
One reason that I’m so thankful to be an author with Moody Publishers is that the profits made from book royalties all goes back to educating these students. I love it. This isn’t a greedy publishing house looking for personal financial gain, but it is truly a publishing ministry. Every student’s tuition is covered by the publishing profits. Knowing that inspires me to write even more—when every book that is sold helps to fund a student at MBI.
My sweet surprise on this trip was meeting so many like-minded people; finding out about Moody’s heart and the heart of the students. God is at work. And I love seeing, and being a part of, the ministry of one man who was determined to live all out for God, still going strong for more than 100 years. This was his heart:
“Take men that have the gifts and train them for the work of reaching the people.”
Would that God might call more men and women who take up the challenge to be that “one” who lives totally dedicated to God. Would that men and women might answer that call.
Could you be that “one”?