Thomas was 15-years-old and incarcerated for the fourth time. This was his first time in my Bible study and he asked deep and thoughtful questions. When I finished the lesson he said he wanted to turn his life around and follow Jesus. That night he and several others prayed to surrender their lives to Christ. Before leaving, I handed each of them a copy of a helpful tract to take back to their rooms.
A week later Thomas came running excitedly into class. He said, “You know last week I prayed with you to receive Jesus, right? Later you gave me a little booklet called Charlie’s Ants. Remember? Now I know I prayed with you, but it wasn’t until I was back in my room and read Charlie’s Ants that something happened.
“When I finished it, I fell on my knees next to my bed, with my face to the floor and called out to Jesus. He came into my life right then and changed me. He’s REAL! This whole week I have felt His presence. I’m not angry anymore. In fact, I’m happy! I have peace.”
I said, “Thomas, that is the joy of the Lord. Yes He is real. He is powerful. He is working IN you now, so that He can work THROUGH you to help others.
Another boy spoke up, “What he said is true. Thomas has not been in a fight all week—and he used to get into fights every day!”
- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation: The old has gone, the new is here. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- You can read Charlie’s Ants too! http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0039/0039_01.asp
- SONG: SEVEN TIMES A DAY – Words from Psalms 119 & 2 Thess 3:6; Music by Kathleen
[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