Paul Coles, Youthworkerish type guy. Present location: Targu Mures, Romania. Married to an amazing girl named Fiona. I'm on a JOURNEY and have no idea where I'll end up other than in the hands of God.

Monday, March 24, 2003

Just like Joe...

"Joe was a drunk, miraculously converted in a street outreach mission. Before his conversion he'd gained a reputation as a derelict and dirty wineo for whom there was no hope. But fullowing his conversion to Christ, everything changed, Joe became the most careing person at the mission. He spent his days there doing whatever needed to be done. There was never anything he was asked to do that he considered beneith him. Whether it was cleaning up vomit left by some sick alcoholic, or scrubbing toilets after men had left them filthy, Joe did it all with a heart of gratitude. He could be counted on to feed any men who wandered in off the streets, undress and tuck them into bed, when they were too out-of-it to take care of themselves.
One evening, after the mission director delivered his evangelistic message to the usual crowd of sullen men with drooped heads, one of them looked up, came down to the alter and kneeled to pray, crying out to God to help him change. The repentant drunk kept shouting, 'Oh God make me like Joe! Make me like Joe! Make me like Joe!' The director leaned over and said, 'Son, wouldn't it be better if you prayed 'make me like Jesus?'
After thinking about it for a few moments, the man looked up with an inquisitive expression and asked, 'Is He like Joe?'"

Do others see Jesus in you?

"To this you were called...That you should follow in His steps." 1 Peter 2:21 NIV

via the Word for Today, via Tony Campollo


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