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We Need More Sermons In Shoes!

Theodore Cuylerby Theodore Cuyler

“Live such good lives among the pagans, that . . . they may see your good deeds and glorify God!” 1 Peter 2:12

“Whoever says he abides in Him–ought to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.” 1 John 2:6 (Amplified version)

We need more sermons in shoes–men and women going up and down the roads of life preaching Christianity by their imitation of Christ!

The demand of the day is for a higher standard and style of Christian life. Every follower of Christ must represent His religion purely, loftily, impressively–before that multitude of “Bible-readers” whose only Bible is the Christian!

The true test of religion, is in the street. It lies in the common walks of life–even more than in the worship of the sanctuary. The test of our religion is not the regular manner in which we go to church, or the way in which we read our Bibles, or any elaborate religious ritual we perform. Its test is the kind of people it makes us–the kind of life it produces in us.

A fine illustration of the worth of Christian character was seen in a teacher of one of the government schools of Japan. His contract was that he was not to teach Christianity–and, so far as words were concerned, he kept it faithfully. But all the while his life was so blameless and beautiful–that it did the work without words. As evidence of this, forty of the students, without his knowledge, met in a grove secretly, and signed a covenant to forsake idolatry–for the religion of their teacher. Some of them are now preaching the gospel in their native land.

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven!” Matthew 5:16

“That you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe!” Philippians 2:14-15

“So that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” Titus 2:10

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love–just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us” Ephesians 5:1-2

by Theodore Cuyler

Does Anyone Need A Shoe Shine?

George Whittenby George Whitten

Matthew 6:4 So that your giving may be in secret: and thy Father which sees what is done in secret will Himself reward you openly.

Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

I came across this very powerful story about one of the most influential men of God in my life, D.L. Moody, in a book named A Call to Excellence by Gary Inrig.

A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But of course this was America and there were no hall servants.

Walking the dormitory halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers. He mentioned the need to some ministerial students who were there, but met with only silence or pious excuses. Moody returned to the dorm, gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, the world’s only famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes. Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were shined. They never knew by whom. Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people, and during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret.

Wow. I’m humbled, how about you? Many of us want to be great ministers for the Lord. We want our names and our works to be remembered. But let’s never forget the true ministry of the Lord. Not only would have Jesus shined those shoes in secret, He would have returned to wash their feet too!

Have you been asking the Lord to use you? Here you have it! Shine some one’s dingy shoes, give a gift to someone in need, love on someone hard to love — but don’t tell the world — do it in secret! You can be sure that the Lord sees these things! And He will open up more opportunities for you to do even greater things for Him!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten