Romans 12:1-2 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
When D. L. Moody was just starting his ministry, he heard the preacher Henry Varley say, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.” Moody was deeply moved by these words. Later he went to a meeting where Charles Spurgeon was speaking. In that meeting, Moody recalled the words spoken by Varley. Varley meant any man. He didn’t say he had to be educated, or brilliant, or anything else. Just a man! That night, Moody said, “By God’s grace I’ll be that man!” History shows that Moody shook two continents for God and over a million souls came to Christ under his preaching and ministry.
At a memorial service some years after Moody’s death, his friend and evangelist R. A. Torrey said, “The first thing that accounts for God’s using D.L. Moody so mightily was that he was a fully surrendered man. Every ounce of that two-hundred-and-eighty-pound body of his belonged to God; everything he was and everything he had, belonged wholly to God.” Moody was not formally educated, and he was not a polished speaker. Yet God greatly used his life.
If we surrender our lives, our purpose, and will as a living sacrifice to God and allow Him to use us as He sees fit, amazing things will happen. The world is shaken not by the mighty, intelligent, or the skilled, but by those who have yielded to God. “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Cor. 1:27-29). Paul said it was “reasonable” for us to surrender our lives, but today many think that it is too much to ask. Instead of surrendering, they hold on tightly to their own desires and will. How much better it would be for us and for a world in need if we surrender and let God choose our path!