This Work is God's not Ours

D. L. Moody lacked formal education. His physical appearance was unimpressive. His voice was high-pitched and his tones nasal. However, God used him mightily on two continents.

A reporter was sent to cover Moody’s campaigns in Britain, where thousands, both aristocrat and artisan, were being converted, to discover the secret of his power. After considerable observation, he recorded, “I can see nothing whatever in Moody to account for his marvelous work.”

When Moody read the report, he chuckled, “Why that is the very secret of the movement. There is nothing in it that can explain it but the power of God. The work is God’s, not mine.”1

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).

“You may organize your societies, you may have excellent methods, you may diligently pursue this course and that; but when you have done all, nothing can come of it if the effort stands by itself. Only as the Spirit of God shall bless men by you, shall they receive blessing through you. Whatever your ability or experience, it is the Spirit of God who must bless your labor. We are nothing; you are nothing” (Charles Spurgeon).2

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  1. Robust in the Faith, Men from God’s School, by J. Oswald Sanders, Moody Press, Chicago, Copyright 1965, p. 100.
  2. p. 122.