D.L. Moody's Consecration
When Dwight L. Moody, the great American evangelist of the 19th century, was visiting England, he heard Henry Varley say, "The world has yet to see what God will do with a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to the Holy Spirit!"
Moody thought, "He said, a man. He did not say, a great man, nor a learned man, nor a rich man, but simply a man. I am a man, and it lies within a man himself whether he will or will not make the entire and full consecration. I will try my utmost to be that man!"
Moody's accomplishments certainly reveal his level of sincerity and commitment to be that man. He shook two continents for God, founded an evangelical Bible school and book publishing ministry. The church that bears his name is a vibrant fellowship to this day. And tens of thousands of Christian workers found inspiration in his example.
And yet with all this, Henry Varley's challenge can still inspire new champions for Christ, and perhaps even set a new standard of measurement. Like Moody, consecration begins where you are, with what you have, and with what you are.
Just think what you might do if you were fully and wholly consecrated to the Holy Spirit!