A Costly Conversion
After a student meeting in Los Angeles a few years ago, I was approached by a student from the University of Southern California who was from the Middle East.
The young man had come to a meeting where I was speaking on "the uniqueness of Jesus." He said, "I was tremendously moved by what you said about Jesus tonight. My father is a religious leader in Pakistan. In my country when a person becomes a Christian he is often killed."
The student related how a medical doctor and his wife had given him a New Testament when he arrived in America. He had been reading it, and decided that Jesus was the one for whom he had looked all his life.
"I found no realities in my religion," he said. "I need Christ in my life, but I know if I receive Him, I must write my father and tell him what I have done. And he will disown me. My father is a very wealthy, influential man," he said. "If I receive Christ, he will cut off my allowance, and I will have no source of income. I will lose my student visa, and I will have to return to Pakistan in disgrace."
And he added very soberly, "I will probably be killed, quite likely by my own family."
I didn't press him, but waited prayerfully as he sat quietly, his head bowed. Finally after about 30 minutes, largely of silence, he said, "I am ready."
I wept when I heard those words. We knelt and prayed, and this brilliant young student received Christ into his life.
Immediately, He began to experience unusual persecution. He wrote his father, who did disown him. All of his personal belongings were stolen. I later learned that he had gone for many days without food. Then he lost his student visa and was forced to return to his country. I have had no contact with him since. I believe he was martyred for his faith
Before he left, I asked him, "Are you sorry you received Christ?"
I shall never forget the expression on his face as he replied, "No, I am not sorry."
When I think of that experience I realize how fortunate I am. For the most part Christians in the free world are applauded when we receive Christ. But this young man made his decision knowing the cost.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
Copyright (c) 2003, Bill Bright. All rights reserved. However, readers may copy and distribute this message as desired, without restrictions in number, as long as the content is not altered. Forwarding this e-mail to friends is encouraged. For many evangelistic and spiritual growth materials, visit the Campus Crusade for Christ Web site at ccci.org. See campuscrusade.com for Bill Bright's own materials.