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One of my favorite stories (and I am not sure that I have shared it before, and if I have, please bear with me) comes from Keith Miller in his men’s devotional book, A Habitation of Dragons. It is the story of a well-to-do attorney who experiences a true change of life and heart when he gives himself up to God.

Miller encounters him after speaking to a group of men in an unnamed town. The man admits that he is in town not to hear Miller but to see his mistress while pretending to be on a business trip.

However, as he gets out of his car a few blocks from the church where Miller is to speak three men from his church see him and approach him. ‘I almost fainted as one of them asked, ‘What are you doing here, Joe?’ ‘I uh…I’m just passing through.’ I lied, scared to death they were going to see the guilt written all over me.’

‘’Hey great. We’re just going down to hear some Christian businessmen speak. You’ve gotta come with us.’ And I was afraid to say no, for fear I’d somehow give myself away.’

Miller goes on to share that as he shared with that group of men, the Holy Spirit began to work in this attorney’s life to the place that he indicated to Miller that he really wanted to give up his affair as well as his entire life to God. They agreed to a covenant of prayer once a day at 6:30 AM for as long as this desperate attorney wanted it.

A year went by and this man, who began to change from self-centered to God-centered, asked Miller to come to his church and speak. Feeling obligated, Miller went.

He arrived late and as he entered the room where he was to speak, he looked into the faces of 800 people crammed into every nook and cranny of space possible. He concluded, ‘I realized in that moment that all of the promoted programs and Christian education plans in the world will be virtually worthless to motivate people to become Christians-unless they see some ordinary person like Joe who is finding hope and a new way to live in Christ. And then they will listen.’

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