Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6: 9,10.
Good morning, friends. I read ‘Even greater’ book written by Reinhard Bonkke, a German Evangelist. It has many incidents which really inspired me a lot. I would like to share one with you.
Kimberley, was an isolated mountain community which was known for the largest diamond mines. Reinhard was invited to preach in a church. He was shocked when he didn’t find even a single young guy or a girl. When he asked about where they were, Howard took Reinhard to a discotheque, where the entire youth of Kimberley were dancing to such an ungodly music which could even shake the ground. Reinhard at first didn’t have an idea to visit inside, but then the Holy Spirit urged him so much. He entered in.
He very quickly found that not even one was dancing there out of joy. Their faces showed that they were searching something but ended up in vain. As the Holy Spirit urged him he just went to the owner of that discotheque and asked him if he could give him just 5 minutes to share something to the youth. The owner refused his request until he heard Reinhard asking him, “Do you really think they found what they need desperately in this discotheque?” Then he agreed saying, “Well, I too have young children. Take 5 minutes to say whatever you want to, but not tonight, tomorrow.”
Reinhard then cursed himself for asking just 5 minutes, but then he believed that if God could create everything in 6 days, He could also touch stony hearts in just 5 minutes. He waited eagerly for the Saturday night and after he started sharing the Word, before the first 4 minutes passed, he could see everyone looking for their handkerchiefs to wipe away the tears from their eyes and when he declared the altar call, almost everyone came and surrendered their lives to Jesus!
The very next year when he went to Kimberley, he was surprised to the core when he saw a white cross on the same building and when he heard the songs from the youth from inside which exalted Jesus about whom he shared for just 5 minutes!
Now here comes a funny bonus story.
An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him, 'How do you expect to get into Heaven?' The boy thought it over and said, 'Well, I'll run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake, Jimmy, come in or stay out!'
It’s very important for you and me to prepare ourselves and others to inherit the Kingdom of God. There is no way we can go into the Heaven after reaching hell. Either one will happen! Going in to inherit the eternal crown that is made for us or staying out spending the time eternally in the cruel darkness. If God can use just a 5 minutes message to change the hearts of the youth of Kimberley who were the real precious diamonds, He can use us mightily. Just believe, sowing is what we need to do, the harvest is His!!!
May God bless!