Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Greatness of a Man’s Power Is the Measure of His Surrender

When J. Wilbur Chapman was in London, he had an opportunity to meet General William Booth (1829-1912; founder of the Salvation Army) who at that time was past eighty years of age.

Dr. Chapman listened reverently as the old general spoke of the trials & the conflicts & the victories. Then the American evangelist asked the General if he would disclose his secret for success.

“He hesitated a second,” Dr. Chapman said, “and I saw the tears come into his eyes & steal down his cheeks & then he said, ‘I will tell you the secret. God has had all there was of me.

There have been men with greater brains than I, men with greater opportunities; but from the day I got the poor of London on my heart & a vision of what Jesus Christ could do with the poor of London, I made up my mind that God would have all of William Booth there was.

And if there is anything of power in the Salvation Army today, it is because God has all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will & all the influence of my life.’”

Dr. Chapman said he went away from that meeting with General Booth knowing that, “the greatness of a man’s power is the measure of surrender.” - Wayne E. Warner (

"I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.” – Jesus Christ. (John 15:5)

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