Use Me Greatly Lord - A Modern Parable
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:18:32
One day a idealistic young man stood before God, and said, "Lord, use me greatly!" So God made an enemy for him in a local judge. If the young man opened his mouth and spoke anything of Christ, the judge would fine him. Still the young man witnessed and preached despite the pain and trouble this caused him. Next, when the young man could no longer pay his mounting fines, the judge seized all that he owned and sold it to pay the debt. Still the young man continued to preach and witness. Next, the judge had him thrown in jail. The judge thought, "That'll shut him up." But the young man continued to witness and preach.
So the judge turned the guards against him. He was beaten and abused, starved and left to suffer many days and nights. Yet he did not let up his witness for Christ. So the judge, through the jailers, turned the inmates against him. They would beat him and abuse him and do all kind of unspeakable things to him. Yet he continued to witness and preach, though broken was his body. Deciding that the young man must be mentally unstable, or perhaps outright insane, the judge ordered him into a mental health facility where he was further abused. Yet he continued to preach.
Amazed that, despite all that'd been done to him, the young man would not give up his love for Christ, nor stop his witnessing and preaching of the gospel to others, the judge visited him in his cell. But rather than finding the answers he sought, he only came away enraged that the young man would not give up his "senseless madness". So the judge sent him away to another state for treatment. But while the young man was away, the judge began to notice something. Where once his caseload seemed unbearable, backed up beyond all possible belief, he now found it to be rapidly growing lighter by the day.
Some came because cases were being dropped. With others, it was criminal who no longer wished to fight their cases. They openly declared themselves guilty, and chose prison or punishments over court. When he began to inquire to the cause, he was surprised what he found. When he had fined the young man for preaching, he had only grown bolder. Because of this many heard the gospel and were saved. When he stripped him of all he had, the young man took his preaching to the poor. Many heard and were saved. When he'd locked the young man in prison, again he grew bolder and preached all the more, despite the suffering. As a result, many prisoners and guards came to be saved.
When he'd sent the young man to the mental ward, he'd again grown still bolder and preached the word. As he did, many miracles occurred, residents got healed, and many countless people got saved. Amazed at all he was hearing, he went to seek out the young man whom he'd so viciously persecuted and demanded, "Tell me about this Jesus so you foolishly cling to!" The young man smiled at him through tired, hurting ey ...(read more)
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