Boxer

January 23, 2008
by John Stuart

2 Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (NIV)

A couple of years ago, the WWJD movement swept Christian circles. I can remember seeing many young people wearing bracelets with those initials on them. It all had to do with the much-loved book, "In His Steps", written by Charles M. Sheldon. The book was all about a church being transformed by an event that caused the congregation to ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" in any and every situation.

Like most movements, this one has had its day, and people have moved on to something else. Sheldon's book can still be purchased online, but how many people are reading and applying it?

Sheldon wrote a much better book called "Broken Earthenware", which sadly is out of print. It tells the story of a fierce thief called Boxer, who is dramatically converted one night during a burglary. Instead of remaining a thief, Boxer becomes an itinerant preacher, who is slain by the Spirit and washed in the blood of Jesus. Instead of bullying the people in his community like some sort of Bill Sykes, he changes the thieves and vagabonds, drunks and prostitutes in his part of London, England. He gets them to build a church. The book tells of his struggles with faith. In the end, his young son becomes a pastor and continues the work of Christ.

It's a great book based on a true story. I owe my ministry, marriage, and children to Boxer's conversion. Why? Well, Boxer's son was known as Pastor Howard, and when he was in his late eighties, he came to the 428 Gospel Club in Glasgow, Scotland, and preached a message about his father, which reduced everyone to tears, including my own wife, Evelyn, who gave her heart to Christ when Pastor Howard gave the call. Boxer's legacy of faith continues in the love of the Lord that both our children have in their hearts. God does indeed work in mysterious ways.

It is my fervent hope and prayer that each one who reads or hears this devotional has also personally given his or her heart to Jesus. All it takes is to surrender oneself to God's love, looking for His forgiveness, and receiving His blessing through Jesus Christ, God's holy Son.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the people in the past whose lives and faith have touched our own. Thank You for the Spirit of conversion that transforms even the wickedest of people into Your most devoted servants. Give us the courage to surrender our hearts to You today, and help us to place our lives into Your hands, both now and forever. Amen.

About the author:

John Stuart <traqair@aol.com>

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


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