By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 08/27/20
In the 1800s, there was an ordinary Christian man teaching a small Sunday school class of boys in Chicago. After a conversation with one of those teenagers, the faithful teacher led the teen in prayer to receive Christ.
That teenager was D. L. Moody. On one of Moody’s trips to England, he spoke at the stately church pastored by F. B. Meyer. They became great friends, and Moody invited F. B. Meyer to come to the United States to speak to a large group of young men. In that service, J. Wilbur Chapman made a commitment to Christ, and he became a great evangelist, leading tens of thousands of people to Christ. One of them became his traveling companion.
His name was Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday preached in many places, and, after preaching in Charlotte, North Carolina, a group of farmers began to cry out to the Lord, “Do something great for Charlotte.” Then they said, “No, no, no. Let’s pray, ‘God, do something great for the world, beginning in Charlotte.'” And they invited an evangelist by the name of Mordecai Hamm to preach in Charlotte.
During one of the services, some teenagers came forward. Among those boys were Billy Graham, Grady Wilson, and T. W. Wilson. The Wilson brothers became administrators of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
We will never understand the power of a godly perspective on this side of heaven. Only in heaven will we understand what God is doing through our ministry, regardless of what it is.
An obedient Sunday school teacher, named Edward Kimball, impacted countless generations for Christ by embracing a godly perspective.
No matter what your ministry or gift may be, you can be used mightily by God today. Look at the world with a godly perspective and watch how God impacts the world through you.
Prayer: Father, thank You for those who have embraced a godly perspective and made an eternal impact on my life. Help me to do the same. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).