A Shoe Salesman
After my return to the Fathers house, anytime I went on a business trip, I made it a practice to find and attend a local assembly of believers. In the past instead of attending church, I ran the bars, so this was a way for me to ‘stay out of trouble’. You can’t get shot in Atlanta is you ain’t in Atlanta.
During one of my business trips to Dover, Delaware, I decided to attend a Wednesday evening service at a church close to the base. It was a great time of praise and worship. I do love to sing even though I’m not very good at it.
As I was getting ready to leave I heard a familiar voice from behind me say, “was that Mark Walter I saw with his hands raised high praising the Lord?” It was the voice of an old friend from my early days flying the line as a squadron flight engineer. Paul knew of my hell raising nature and was amazed to see me in church.
We chatted for a few minutes talking briefly about how we both ended up in church…any church. I told him I was amazed the Lord would use someone like me to preach the Gospel. His reply was simple, all He’s looking for is a wiling mind and heart. That was the first time I heard that statement, it’s paraphrased from 1 Chronicles 28:9
The Lord can use any of us if we are willing to submit to His will. I owe Him everything, it was an easy choice for me…how about you?
A Shoe Salesman
by Os Hillman
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” Matthew 19:26
Dwight L. Moody was a poorly educated, unordained, shoe salesman who felt God’s call to preach the gospel. Early one morning he and some friends gathered in a hay field for a season of prayer, confession, and consecration. His friend Henry Varley said, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.” Moody was deeply moved by these words. He later went to a meeting where Charles Spurgeon was speaking. In that meeting Moody recalled the words spoken by his friend, “The world had yet to see!…with and for and through and in!…A man!” Varley meant any man! Varley didn’t say he had to be educated, or brilliant, or anything else. Just a man! Well, by the Holy Spirit in him, he’d be one of those men. Then suddenly, in that high gallery, he saw something he’d never realized before. It was not Mr. Spurgeon, after all, who was doing that work; it was God. And if God could use Mr. Spurgeon, why should He not use the rest of us, and why should we not all just lay ourselves at the Master’s feet and say to Him, “Send me! Use me!”
D.L. Moody was an ordinary man who sought to be fully and wholly committed to Christ. God did extraordinary things through this ordinary man. Moody became one of the great evangelists of modern times. He founded a Bible college, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, which sends out men and women trained in service for God. Are you an ordinary man or woman in whom God wants to do extraordinary things? God desires that for every child of His. Ask God to do extraordinary things in your life. Begin today to trust Him to accomplish great things for His Kingdom through you.