Romans 1:14-17 (16)
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Dwight L. Moody the great evangelist, was never an ordained minister. He was never a pastor. He was a born again shoe salesman who got so excited about the saving grace of God that he never got over it. He was a big, obese man with a full beard. He was an uneducated, uncouth man. He murdered the Queen’s English. His vocabulary was poor and his spelling was imaginative.
A critic once remonstrated with him saying, \”You make too many mistakes in grammar.\” said he. Moody responded, \”I\’m doing the best I can with what I\’ve got. Friend, you\’ve got grammar enough — what are you doing with it for the Master?
In 1870 Moody preached to a huge crowd of educated, sophisticated English people in London. As he began to preach he said, “Don’t never think that God don’t love you, for he do!” Later a sophisticated, dignified English woman came up to Dwight and said, “Mr. Moody, you ought to be ashamed of yourself!” He hung his head, and responded “Ma’am, you’re right. I am ashamed of myself, but I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Without shame this man “shook” two continents for Jesus Christ. Half a million people came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior as a result of his ministry.
We may be ashamed of the way we act sometimes, but we must never be ashamed of the gospel.
by Dr. Gayle Woods