It was 8:30 PM and I had just said goodnight to the guys in my Bible study at juvenile hall. I was closing the door to the unit when I glanced at the window of the steel door across the hall. The deputy must have seen me because immediately the electric door opened, so I entered.
Several boys came rushing up—they had been waiting! It seems another Bible study facilitator had failed to show. The deputy assigned us to a round table in the day room and nine boys crowded around it.
They were unusually loud and kept interrupting with questions. I had to tell them several times to settle down.
I knew Jerry had come to Christ a few weeks earlier, so I asked him if he had noticed any changes in his life since the Holy Spirit had come to live in him.
He said, “Yes, definitely!”
“Would you share some of those changes with us?”
He said, “Mainly I think about things differently.
I used to think about getting released and then doing bad stuff. I don’t think
that way anymore. Now I want to live differently. I want to read the Bible and know God better—and I want to do what’s good.”
I presented the message of Jesus to the new guys. All said they wanted to turn from their sins and follow Jesus. Even those who were having sex with their girlfriends said they were willing to stop. They wanted to get off the wide road of life and walk the narrow road.
The whole group changed before my eyes. The rowdiness stopped. They became solemn and tender. One said he realizes he needs to write a letter to ask someone for forgiveness. Another said he has a relative he needs to forgive. Everyone had an issue they were willing to surrender to Jesus.
The deputy was standing nearby. Usually, I leave before 9 PM, but the deputy said that when he’s on duty I can stay later. He said, “Studying the Bible is the only thing that changes these kids.”
- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14
- SONG: INVITE A FRIEND – 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