Michael was a loser. Bounced from one institution to another, from one hospital to another, he was in essence a man nobody wanted. He had been raised in a Jewish home, but didn’t really understand his heritage or what it offered him. He had drifted away from his Jewish roots and from his God.

I met Michael soon after his right leg had been amputated at the local county hospital. The county chaplain had called Jews for Jesus so that one of us might meet with Michael and offer him spiritual counsel and comfort. As I listened to the pain and disappointment that Michael expressed about his life, I saw that he was beginning to open up to the gospel. The chaplain had already asked him if he wanted to accept the Lord. Michael thought that he might, and he expressed that to me when I came to see him. I asked him if he had accepted the forgiveness that Yeshua offered him and had received the Holy Spirit to fill his life. He said no, he hadn’t, but he wanted to. We prayed together right there in his hospital room.

The next time I saw Michael, he had been transferred to a nursing home that was a rather rundown and depressing place. He complained about one of the aides who was mistreating him. Then he realized that he should forgive others because he had been forgiven by God.

It was a real encouragement to me to see how God was already working in Michael’s life. I don’t know if Michael’s circumstances in life will ever change. But I do know that Michael’s ability to cope with those circumstances has been radically enhanced by his commitment to Christ. In matters of physical wholeness and economic security he may still seem to be a loser,” but inwardly he is whole and sound and rich with the promises of God and a glorious eternal destiny.

I know that you will want to join me in praying that Michael will continue to grow in his newfound faith. Let’s also pray that this one-time loser who has become a winner in the Messiah may soon be winning others by the story of God’s grace in his life.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:3-5).