Joseph said, “I’ve killed 10 innocent people. I tried to drink my guilt away, but that hasn’t worked, and now I can see love among the refugees. I need Jesus. I need forgiveness.”
How do we feel when one of the “bad” guys confesses and turns his heart to Jesus? If we’re honest, it’s sometimes mixed. When we’re removed it’s easy to celebrate, and that’s certainly the right thing to do since that’s what the angels do in the heavenly realm. But when it’s your daughter or husband who the bad guy victimized – it’s messier; It’s harder, and sometimes we feel the tribalism in our own hearts. Now HE is in OUR tribe? Why would God allow HER in OUR tribe?
And then you remember that it’s not OUR tribe and you wonder why on earth God would allow me in His tribe. The weight of His mercy and love overwhelms you.
We serve a great God who will forgive the darkest sins in the world and can restore any believing heart.
A few weeks ago, we had a team in a South Sudanese refugee camp located in Northern Uganda. The local team set up a sound system, people gathered, they sang worship songs, and then Scott got up to preach. Before he could even finish his sermon, Joseph ran up to him and fell at Scott’s feet. He confessed this awful sin that was eating him alive and that no amount of alcohol could numb. When Joseph learned that Jesus would forgive even him, he collapsed from the relief.
Instead of scorn, here’s what the local church said about this man…
“We pray that Jesus will use him like Paul to preach to his friends about our loving Master.”
That’s grace, and while so many other huge things are happening in the ministry I want you to be encouraged by Joseph’s story today and know that your partnership supplies the means to reach the Josephs.