Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Thank you, guys, for the honks. They are most encouraging!
For today, I want to relate a story told by a preacher who pastored a church which was once visited by the well known D. L. Moody. The fame of Moody was far and wide and when it was announced that the well-known evangelist was coming, thousands came to hear.
One evening a little boy came alone to the door of the large church. The usher at the door stopped the small dirty ragged boy and told him that he should go home and be in bed. When the boy explained that he wanted to see Mr. Moody the usher refused to let him come in. The little boy, downcast and disappointed, walked to the side of the building and began to cry.
Just then a carriage came to the church entrance and Moody got out. He heard the crying and saw the little boy leaning against the wall. Moody walked over to him and asked his trouble.
The boy looked up and explained how he wanted to hear Mr. Moody but wasn't allowed inside.
Moody smiled and said, "Do you really want to hear Mr. Moody?"
"Yes, Sir!" was the reply.
"Well, I know how to get you in, but you have to do exactly what I tell you to."
The little boy said, "I will."
So, putting his coattails in the hands of the boy, Moody told him to hold on to them and not let loose until he told him to. Moody entered the building and walked to the platform. Reaching the pulpit, he said, "Well done. I told you that if you would only hold on you would get in. Now, my boy, you sit there." Moody put him on the chair reserved for himself and for the evening the boy listened to the great preacher.
The minister who told the story said, "I know the story is true for it happened in my church. Yes, I know it's true because I was that little boy. I heard the great D. L. Moody preach, but little did I know when I clung to his coattails that someday I would become the minister of that same church."
Matt 19:14 (KJV);
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
Moody knew something that Jesus knew, but that many of us forget. The children are the leaders of tomorrow! If we desire continuity of our faith, we must open many doors to the young, in spite of the voices around us that will discourage it, because they are ‘not old enough’. A young person is going to follow someone – let’s make sure it is the right example they follow.
May God bless each one of you -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.