Zealous People

  D L MoodyD. L. Moody was attending a convention in Indianapolis on mass evangelism to discuss

“How to Reach the Masses.”

Moody asked his song leader, Ira Sankey, to meet him at 6 o’clock one evening at a certain street corner. When Sankey arrived, Moody asked him to stand on a box and sing. As the crowd gathered, Moody then stood on the box, and began to preach.

The masses assembled, and he invited them to the nearby convention hall. Soon, the auditorium was filled with spiritually hungry people, and the evangelist preached to them. However, when the convention delegates began to arrive in the same auditorium, Moody had to cut short the service. He said,

“Now we must close, as the brethren of the convention wish to come and discuss the topic, ‘How to Reach the Masses.’” Mr. Moody had illustrated the difference between talking about doing something, and actually going out and doing it. 1

Christ told the church at Laodicea to “be zealous” (Revelation 3:19).

This same word “zealous” was used for extreme patriots in Christ’s time. It speaks of uncompromising dedication to the cause of Christ.2

Vance Havner wrote, “‘Be zealous,’ be boiling, He commands. You cannot be lukewarm, if you really believe, and love and serve Him. But better be frozen, better make no claim at all to being a Christian, than be lukewarm. Dr. G. Campbell Morgan says, ‘Lukewarmness is the worst form of blasphemy.’” 3

     “No picture of a cow in a book is going to go out and eat any grass” (Ancient saying from India).4

[Editor's Note]

This is the final devotion in Morning Muse series, which will be published by D & L Publishing in book form in 2017. For new devotions from Dave Arnold, please look for the Impact with Dave devotions on GlobalChristianCenter.com

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  1. http://www.more-free-online-sermons.com/a-collection-of-preaching-sermons-that-work.html
  2. Adult Teacher Supplement, Third Quarter, 1971, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, 65802. Copyright 1970, pp. 16, 17
  3. Vance Havner, Repent or Else, Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood, NJ, Copyright MCMLVIII, p. 85
  4. K. P. Yohanan, Revolution in World Missions, Published by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia, 1800 Golden Trail Court, Carrolton, TX, 75010, 1986, p. 211