Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Life for Christ - Dwight L. Moody (a book review)

In the first chapter of his book, A Life for Christ, What the Normal Christian Life Should Look Like, Pastor Moody gives us a short description of the biblical event of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I was touched by a statement Dwight L. Moody made in the first chapter. He says, " But the Lord wants His children to learn this lesson: They have something to do towards raising the spiritually dead. The disciples not only had to take away the stone, but after Christ raised Lazarus they were told to also loose him and let him go." I've read the story of Jesus raising Lazarus many times in my life and I've never thought about the point Pastor Moody brought up. Jesus could have immediately rolled the stone away and called Lazarus forth, but instead, he asked the disciples to move the stone. He wanted them to take an active part in the process. Dwight L. Moody wants us to realize we not only have an active part to play in reaching others for Christ, but we have a responsibility.

Throughout the book, Mr. Moody explains our obligations as followers of Christ. All Christians should desire the lost to be rescued and brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In order to reach the lost for Christ, believers need to be willing to make every effort using whatever means possible to accomplish this goal. He admonishes us not to get caught up in doing things the way they've always been done. He encourages us to reach out in faith and allow God to work through us. According to Dr. Moody, "God must prepare the ground and He must give the increase."

A Life for Christ is filled with truths a seasoned believer already knows and many of us take for granted such as:

We are to operate out of love.
We are to want to see everyone come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
We should always be willing to share the gospel.
We should esteem ourselves lowly and have a humble spirit.

But in addition to these truths, Mr. Moody wants the normal Christian to understand more fully our role as believers. He says, "If we want to be wise in winning souls and to be vessels for the Master's use, we must get rid of the accursed spirit of self-seeking." He intimates our motives must be right and our motives should only stem from a heart filled with love.

This book is a must read for all Christians. Dr. Moody is a well known and respected man of God. He is wise and has much to teach those of us who are fearful of partaking in the soul winning aspect of Christianity. I recommend this book highly and know it will bless those who read it.

Thank you to Aneko Press for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book. I was not encouraged to give a favorable review but it is my pleasure to do so.

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