Most people don’t know who Edward Kimball was, but he has a reward in heaven that is probably far greater than that of many of the great Christians we can name.
Kimball was the faithful Sunday School teacher who, in 1855, led D.L. Moody to the Lord. He later wrote of Moody,
I can truly say, and in saying it I magnify the infinite grace of God as bestowed upon him, that I have seen few persons whose minds were spiritually darker than was his when he came into my Sunday School class; and I think that the committee of the Mount Vernon Church seldom met an applicant for membership more unlikely ever to become a Christian of clear and decided views of Gospel truth, still less to fill any extended sphere of public usefulness.
Despite his initial perception, Kimball made it a point to witness to Moody, and the young man was saved. What a reward this faithful Sunday School teacher must have in heaven! I believe that Kimball shares in the “credit” for every soul Moody won during his long ministry.
But it doesn’t stop there.
The account below is from a book titled Joyful Giving by Don Sisk, published in 1992.
D.L. Moody became one of the greatest evangelists of all time. They say of him that he took one continent on one hand and another continent in the other hand and brought both continents closer to God. He was mightily used to win hundreds of thousands of people to the Lord.
Mr. Moody preached in many countries. One day while he was preacing in London, a young man by the name of F.B. Meyer heard him. Mr. Meyer’s soul was set on fire by the Spirit of God that day, and he became the great preacher and teacher that has meant so much to all of us.
On one of his trips to Chicago, Meyer met a young man by the name of Wilbur Chapman. Mr. Chapman was influenced greatly by Mr. Meyer. Chapman became a mighty evangelist for God. He was one of the great preachers of his day.
One day in the city of Chicago, a young baseball player, along with some of his friends, decided to make sport of some of the workers of the Salvation Army. These faithful Christians were having a street meeting, and the baseball players decided to have some fun. But as they heard the singing and the testimonies of these Christians, one baseball player, Billy Sunday, became convinced that he was lost and on his way to Hell. That night he went to the rescue mission and trusted Jesus Christ as his Saviour. Wilbur Chapman later greatly influenced the life of Billy Sunday.
Mr. Sunday became a flaming evangelist. Many people living today were saved under his ministry. Billy Sunday one day preached in Charlotte, North Carolina, and there a young man by the name of Mordecai Ham was saved.
Mordecai Ham became God’s mouthpiece, preaching up and down the land, seeing thousands of souls saved. Many people living today were saved under the ministry of Mordecai ham. A great host of preachers were called under the ministry of this great man.
What the author does not mention is that in 1934 in meetings that Mordecai Ham was holding in Charlotte, NC, Billy Graham was saved.
Imagine the reward that belongs to that “unknown” Sunday School teacher who took the time to witness to one of the most unlikely candidates for God’s service he had ever seen.
I pray that we listen to the Holy Spirit ourselves, and be the witness He wants us to be, when He wants us to be. Perhaps God wants to raise up another D.L. Moody or Billy Sunday in our spiritual family tree.