“There are no Christians nowadays. None! We just have crooks, thieves, prostitutes, womanisers…no Christians,”
John was saying to his 3 friends while enjoying a beer.
“You are very right. Christianity went with the apostles of old,”
Andrew chipped in.
John, Andrew, Daniel discussed the subject at length but it was only Richard who had not commented on the issue the three colleagues were discussing and this prompted John to ask him why he was silent.
“I agree guys that today’s Christians are rotten,” he said and sipped his beer, “But I know of one Christian and she is my wife. Oh this woman is the real Christian.”
His 3 friends went into gaffes of laughter
“You r a joke man. Which Christian woman would allow his husband to go boozing?” Andrew asked amid laughs.
“I know it doesn’t make sense,” Richard said, “But my wife is a Christian. She lets me live my life. She doesn’t talk to me about anything biblical.
She doesn’t curse me. She respects me as her husband and always asks for permission when going to church, to use the car and lot things. She keeps washing my clothes. She has never thrown away any beer in the fridge because she is a Christian. She has never refused me sex because I am drunk. That woman is a Christian.”
His friends stopped laughing. “You really mean this?” Daniel asked,
“I think she claims she is Christian because you haven’t really tested her faith. She is pretending.”
“No. No. No. She doesn’t pretend. She just lives the life of a Christian,” Richard defended. “What if we really test her faith?
To see if she is the real deal?” Andrew dead-panned “I would not to treat my wife that way. She is a good woman. She respects me and I wouldn’t go that extra mile,” Rich said adding: “Right now I am ashamed to even bring beer into the fridge again.”
“I knew u were lying to us,” John said laughing mockingly.
“Okay guys we can test her,” Richard agreed in resignation. “But I can assure you we will not break her.”
The tests began. From entering the house with his friends with soiled shoes, to eating all relish meant for the whole day, to drinking beer at the living room and living it very messy, Richard wife never complained. She never showed a sad face. She was always glad. In her heart she always sang the song “MUST JESUS BEAR THE CROSS ALONE AND ALL THE WORLD GO FREE”
This Saturday Richard came with his friends at 11:30 PM. Though his wife was asleep, he woke her up and demanded that she cook nsima for his 3 friends too. His wife never complained. She did that and when she was done she told her husband and his friends to go and eat. But Richard took the plates and threw them down shouting the food was undercooked and she had to cook again.
His wife came to him graciously and kneeled down and said: “I am sorry honey. I never meant to embarrass you in the presence of your friends. I am sorry the food was under-cooked. I will prepare you another meal.”
It was Andrew who started crying. Then Daniel and John joined him.
They threw themselves to the floor crying, their hands raised in the air in surrender. Richard her husband also came apart uncontrollably.
“I want to serve the God you serve. Take me to Him,” John said tears flowing freely down his cheeks. Andrew said the same thing and did the rest.
They accepted CHRIST that day. They became born again.
This story teaches us that sometimes God places us in situations deliberately so that we can win souls to HIM. Are you experiencing a bad situation? There is a reason why God has allowed you to go through that.
God bless you and move you forward in JESUS NAME