Now that I had been invited to church and God had done some amazing changes in my life, I began to live my life differently. I stopped drinking (personal choice) because I know where it had taken me in the last few years. I also stopped doing drugs because I just didn't think that lined up, Biblically, with my new decision to follow Christ. I started to serve at my local church and helped out in our children's ministry (this was a great place for me to grow spiritually).
Then one night I had the chance to invite someone on the journey I was taking. I was at a friends house from Big Bear who had recently moved to San Diego. He was living in a large house a couple minutes from my place with a few other guys who were all from Big Bear also. The house was a full on party house so much so that they called it the Playboy Mansion. It was a Saturday night and I was hanging out at the house when someone asked me about why I wasn't drinking. I began to share my faith and what God was doing in my life.
At that moment my friend Brian walked out of the room and headed, quickly, to his room. I wasn't to sure what he was getting in his room and to be honest I thought he was grabbing a gun. He came out of his room shaking a Bible and saying (loudly): "I want to understand this book and what it means." I knew he was drunk so I told him what I knew I safely could and then invited him to come to small group with me on Tuesday when he was sober. He accepted the invite and the conversation changed.
I cannot thank you enough for being obedient to the work God had you accomplish in my life. You asked "where would he be"? Dead or in prison I can say for certain. A youg man full of childhood pain and anger, selling drugs, and running with a crew that are mostly dead, in prison, or still living the same routine was bound in one direction, destruction. Yet I was given a new life one night by an obedient bondservant who was carrying a message of love for a black hearted man.
It is funny how the omnipotent God of the universe uses weak and foolish beings to accomplish his labor of Love, but oh what a joy it is to know and expereince this new life and have the honor of serving Him and His purposes.
Where am I today? The only place someone can be who has seen and felt the heart of God toward the world. Sharing His love for a lost and hopeless world; in hopes that someone else may be set free from the chains of this life!
Thank you again brother.
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