Thursday, July 5, 2018
Jesus said, “Likewise, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10
“Jesus, the savior, the Messiah, the Jesus Christ I follow, is the one who comes to help the downtrodden and oppressed and to release them and set them free. This is the Jesus Christ to whom I have committed my life. This is the Jesus Christ to whom I have offered up my dream and said, ‘Lord, I want to help these men because I have lived among them. I came to know them, I love them. There is injustice in our society, but we can change it. Yes, God, we can change it. I give my life for it.”
What happened next can only be explained as an extraordinary out pouring from God. Men not only stood throughout the auditorium, but they also climbed on their chairs, clapping and shouting. There wears tears in the eyes of many, where before there had been only contempt and distrust.
When I urged the men to pray and receive Christ, they flooded the front. For more than an hour, I stood in one corner of that auditorium praying with some, counseling others, and simply holding out a friendly hand to many. An African-American man, tall and lean with ugly scars on his neck and arms, tried to speak to me, but he couldn’t. He leaned his head on my shoulder and cried like a baby. Another inmate – a tough looking white man – told me, My thiry-nine years were a waste, twenty of them in joints like this. But those were only a preparation for this night. For the first time in my life, I know someone loves me. It’s Jesus. God bless you.”
Then there was Joe the Butcher, whose nickname had nothing to do with the meat market. Putting his beefy hands on my shoulders, he announced, “Mr. Colson, I’m gonna do something I ain’t never done before. I’m gonna apologize. But wait a minute. I want my friends to be in on this.” Joe turned and shouted, “Pete, Charlie, Frank, come here!” No one argued with Joe. “Over here, Fink, you too; get over here.” Soon there were more than a dozen in a half circle around us. “Okay, now,” Joe said, pointing his finger into my chest. “Mr. Colson, I thought you was a phony. I told these guys that. Told ’em not to listen. Well I was wrong. You are our friend and so is Jesus.”
Then the Butcher fell to his knees and prayed for Jesus to come into his life. He asked forgiveness of his sins. Many of Joe’s buddies followed him. The angels of Heaven must have sung an especially joyous chorus that night. How many encountered the living Christ that night? We didn’t count, but a year later, nearly four hundred prisoners were participating in chapel programs.
Living life by any plan, other than God’s plan, leaves us empty and asking, “Is this all there is to life?”
Joe Gibbs, 3 time Super Bowl Champion Coach.
Taken from the book, Game Plan for Life, by Joe Gibbs; pp. 148-149
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