From ChristianWeek.com an article by Mags Story:
The extravagant wealth and power former gang member Michael “Bull” Roberts had as one of Canada’s wealthiest drug lords reads likes a fantasy. But the road which led him there is the stuff of nightmares…
“I became one of the wealthiest drug lords in Canada,” he says. “I had stables, boats and every kind of ride you could think of. I was distributing cocaine and crack all over Alberta. I was turning over millions of dollars a week.”
But last summer, a partner sent 30 men to kill him. After a cruel beating, Roberts was left for dead, his knees, legs, arms, hands and skull broken. Permanent spinal cord damage means he still walks with a cane.
After his gang ties prompted a release from hospital, Roberts found himself alone in a hotel room facing the news his home had been burned to the ground.
“All I wanted was revenge,” Roberts says. “But I was so broken I couldn’t even get myself to the bathroom. I fell on the floor and [wet] myself. I spent hours there. I was in extreme physical pain and emotionally spent…
“That was my breaking point. I just snapped. I just couldn’t fight no more. I looked up at God and said, ‘Fine! You win! I’m done!’
“I just kept praying to Him out of anger, and the next thing I knew I was asking for forgiveness. I said, ‘Please, God I just want to feel love!’ I just burst into tears. I cried for hours on that floor.
“I really feel like God came into the room that day. I really felt like I was forgiven. I told Him I’d give my life to Him. I’d let Him run it His way.”
But how will they hear unless we tell them? Does this mean that we don’t have to evangelize? Did someone plant a “seed” in his life?
How do we know the elect? We don’t. We need to do like Spurgeon suggest and go around lifting coatails to see who has the stripe down their back. BY that he means evangelize. Our responsibility is to not determine who is elect per se but to tell them the gospel truth so they will know. And even if we don’t reach every individual with the “good news”, God sovreignly pursues HIS children.It’s the age old debate that will not be settled until we reach home, but regardless it is amazing to see God work in the lives of His people. Was Michael Roberts chosen before the foundation of the world? How about you?