Monday, January 24, 2011

The unlikely ones

“I have seen few persons whose minds were spiritually darker when he came into my Sunday school class, or one who seemed more unlikely ever to become a Christian of clear decided views, still less to fill any sphere of extended public usefulness.”

That's what a Sunday school teacher said about D.L. Moody. (Moody pictured above.) History has clearly proven that his first impression of Moody was wrong... way wrong.

Therein lies a very important lesson.

When it comes to spotting people you should invest your life in, first impressions are often wrong.

It's an ironic fact proven throughout history: God often uses the most unlikely people from some of the most ordinary places to make a most extraordinary difference for him.

So, when considering an "unlikely one," don't let the exterior fool you.

Don't be afraid to go after those who have promise but need much work.

Don't despise or overlook an acorn. Instead, dare to see beyond the acorn to envision—with Jesus' touch—the full grown oak tree.

And don't be put off by a lack of what the culture values and claims is necessary for "success."

Instead, be like Jesus—the master disciplemaker.

Look for the raw material of a disciple—then take the time and pains to shape and form it... into a Jesus-like disciplemaker.

It seemed to work pretty well for Jesus.

I guess I'm sort of partial to unlikely ones... because I am one.  And when Jesus touches and transforms an unlikely one, everyone knows it was Jesus—not the unlikely one—and God gets ALL the glory!

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
—1 Corinthians 1:26-29

The above true story about D.L. Moody was taken from the FREE book, Training Makes All the Difference. For your FREE downloadable copy, go here.  For a hard copy, go here.


Matt Swale said...

That's a timnely word brother. Thank you. God might have opened up a door in this area, but we'll have to see how things unfold. Praise God.

Bill Allison said...

Matt... email me and fill me so I can be praying for you! Love ya man...

ringels said...

Nice hair.

Bill Allison said...

Ringles... yeah... just wanted you to see that I actually USED to have hair...

Levi Carter said...

I basically just wanted to post on the same blog as Matt Swale. I really did like the article and this has always been one of my favorite pictures of you Bill.

vickie said...

it's insane how much that crazy ID of yours looks like BILLY! Plus, it IS a good reminder of how much hair you used to have ;)

Bill Allison said...

Vickie... everytime I start to feel bad about my increasing lack of hair... I think to myself... at least I'm not doing a comb-over (yet)!

Congruency: Living Outside What's on Inside said...

A serious amen to that...