At a meeting in a hay mow in Dublin, which Moody attended in the year 1872, Henry Varley said in a quiet way, "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."
The next Sabbath, sitting high up in Spurgeon's Tabernacle in the same seat he had occupied in 1867, Moody, as he thrilled to the preaching of Spurgeon, heard those words of Varley over and over. He said lo himsell, "The world has yet to see! 'With and for and through and in a man'! Varley meant any man! Varley didn't say he had lo be educated, or brilliant, or anything else—just a man! Well, by the Holy Spirit in me, I'll be one of those men." In his joy he began to weep. Sympathetic Christians who went to talk with him, thinking that he was under great conviction, learned that it was not a case of sin or penitence, but great joy, the joy of dedication to a high purpose.
Still the world has yet to see what God can do with a man who is wholly consecrated to his will. It saw it once in the divine man, Christ Jesus—only imperfectly in any other man. But among those who have demonstrated what a man who is consecrated to the will of God can do with the limitations of human nature, Moody stands high in the list.
Many years ago, in the reign of Queen Victoria the Good, the Punjab came under the British Crown. The young Maharajah, then a mere boy, sent an offering to his new monarch, the wonderful Koh-i-noor diamond, and it was placed, together with the other crown jewels, in the Tower of London. Several years later, the Maharajah, now a full-grown man, came to England and visited Buckingham Palace, asking to see the Queen. He was shown to the state apartments, and after making his obeisance to Her Majesty, he asked that he might see the Koh-i-noor. Greatly wondering at his request, the Queen, with her wonted courtesy, gave orders that the jewel should be sent for, and that it should be brought under armed guard from the Tower to Buckingham Palace. In due time it arrived and was carried to the state apartments, and handed to the Maharajah, while all present watched eagerly to see what he would do. Taking the priceless jewel with great reverence in his hand, he walked to the window, where he examined it carefully. Then as the onlookers still wondered, he walked back with it clasped in his hand, and knelt at the feet of the Queen. "Madam," he said, greatly moved, "I gave you this jewel when I was a child, too young to know what I was doing. I want to give it again, in the fullness of my strength, with all my heart, and affection, and gratitude, now and forever, fully realizing all that I do."—Marching Orders.
It was in glad submission to the will of God that a pioneer missionary to the fierce un-evangelized Indians of South America, after witnessing the martyrdom of her husband, baby daughter, and fellow missionaries, was enabled by grace to refer to this seeming tragedy as the time in which the Lord privileged her to give Him everything. Can you, suffering less, say as much?—The King's Business.
A brilliant Oxford student who went to Africa, and died after a year's work, said: "I think it is with African missions as with the building of a great bridge. You know how many stones have to be buried in the earth, all unseen, for a foundation. If Christ wants me to be one of the unseen stones, lying in an African grave, I am content, for the final result will be a Christian Africa." Such "unknown" heroes shall yet be "well known" (II Cor. 6:9) in the day of "the recompense of the Reward" (Heb. 11:26)—Glad Tidings.
When I looked into his face and saw him brush back his hair from his brow, heard him speak of the trials and the conflicts and the victories, I said: "General Booth, tell me what has been the secret of your success." He hesitated a second, and I saw the tears come into his eyes and steal down his cheeks, and then he said: "I will tell you the secret. God has had all there was of me to have. There have been men with greater opportunities; but from the day I got the poor of London on my heart, and a vision of what Jesus Christ could do, I made up my mind that God would have all there was of William Booth. And if there is anything of power in the Salvation Army today, it is because God has had all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life." I learned from William Booth that the greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.—Wilbur Chapman, D.D.
Ole Bull was making his way through a great American forest and he came upon a hut in which dwelt a hermit who had left his home in the city in bitterness. An old violin helped him to while away the tedious hours. At night he took down the old violin and played some simple airs. Ole Bull said, "Do you think I might play a bit?"
"I hardly think it possible; it took me years to learn. You might try, though." So the great master took the instrument, drew his bow across the strings, and instantly the room was filled with harmony. He then played "Home, Sweet Home," "Nearer, My God, to Thee," and other simple songs until the old hermit sobbed like a child. What a difference between the violin in the hands of the hermit, and in the hands of the master!
Let the idea of God take possession of a man and he will rise to heights undreamed of before.—Gospel Banner.
We have no right to offer Christ less than the whole of our lives. There can be no real dedication of self to Him that is not complete in its surrender. Was He not thinking of this truth when He laid emphasis upon the fact that the greatest of all the commandments is: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength"? When we are truly His, He will altogether possess us. The whole self will be swallowed up in our zeal for Him, and all that we do will be done "as unto Him." This is one of the secrets of the lives of men like Paul and Francis of Assisi and Wickliffe and Booth and Moody—and of many other less well known to the world but not less wholly surrendered to Christ.
In this truth, too, lies the explanation of failures like those of John Mark and Demas. Those who give themselves to Christ walk with Him the whole way; those who withhold some part of self from Him ultimately find that His path and theirs diverge. The full riches of Christian experience are for those who give Christ all of life — not simply a place in their lives. And the ultimate blessing for such lives is likeness to Him.—Christian Observer.
"Will you please tell me in a word," said a Christian woman to a teacher, "what your idea of consecration is?" Holding out a blank sheet of paper, the teacher replied, "It is to sign your name at the bottom of this blank sheet of paper, and let God fill it in as He will."—James H. McConkey, in Earnest Worker.