Brian was big—yet I knew he was gentle. At 17, he began sharing his new faith with the other incarcerated teens. Sometimes because of his size, the younger ones felt compelled to agree with him.
One night he was waiting for me with two 14-year-olds he’d recruited. I asked them a few questions and began sharing with them about Jesus and His love. Both appeared uncomfortable and restless. So I asked why they had come.
“Brian said we had to come. He said we needed it.”
I told them if they wanted to leave, they could be excused. They both left.
I then told Brian that I appreciate his zeal for God. “You and I both know these guys need the Lord in their lives. But if they don’t recognize the need for themselves, we cannot push it—that’s not God’s way. They know where you stand. Your job is to stay close to God, study His Word, pray for these guys, be kind to them and to others.
“You, Brian, have experienced the power of God in your life. So have I. We both yearn for others to know the love of God as we do. This is good.
“There are some angry guys who live here. You are setting an example for them, because of the Holy Spirit living in you. He’s been giving you self-control and patience—you don’t even get in fights anymore! The other guys see that. You’re having an effect on their lives whether you know it or not.
“Years from now there will be men who remember that Brian had inner strength he received from God. Years from now they may decide, ‘Perhaps it’s time to start following Brian’s example.’ You will never know until you get to heaven, how many lives you have influenced for God.”
- For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:8
- SONG: THESE INWARD TRIALS:
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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