‘…He chose them to become like his Son…’ Romans 8:29 NLT
Bill was a drunk, converted in a Skid Row mission. Before his conversion he had gained a reputation as a tramp and an alcoholic for whom there was no hope. But when he gave his life to Christ everything changed. He became the most caring 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 beneath him. Whether it was cleaning up vomit left by some sick alcoholic or scrubbing toilets used by men who had left them filthy, Bill did it all with a heart of gratitude. He could be counted on to feed any man who wandered in off the streets, undress him and tuck him into bed when he was incapable of taking care of himself. One evening after the mission director delivered his evangelistic message to the usual crowd of solemn men with drooped heads, one of them came down to the altar and kneeled to pray, crying out for God to help him change. The repentant drunk kept shouting, ‘O God, make me like Bill! Make me like Bill! Make me like Bill!’ The director of the mission leaned over and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be better if you prayed, ‘Make me like Jesus’?’ After thinking about it for a few seconds, the man looked up and asked, ‘Is He like Bill?’ Live, so that others see Jesus in you!
SoulFood: 1 Sam 18:1-20:29, Luke 24:13-24, Ps 68:19-35, Pr 22:6