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The Young Farmer

The service was over, and with a sigh I sank onto a chair in the vestry. My heart was heavy – I felt like weeping. All the week I had been crying to the Lord for the privilege of leading yet more people of this congregation to Him. But how hard had been the resistance today. I had felt as if I had been speaking against a brick wall.

Wearily I rose and undid the bands which were soaked with perspiration. The robe I hung over a chair and prepared to go home.

A knock at the vestry door. ‘Who ever could that be?’ I wondered. ‘None but the church elders knock on this door – and then only if it is something urgent. But none of them has been here today. A fierce battle is raging in their hearts too.’

I opened the door. A young man with sharp features and a weather tanned face stood outside. He was a farmer’s son and a keen sportsman.

‘May I come in?’ he enquired humbly and in a low voice.

I stepped aside and let him enter. A pause followed in which he gazed uneasily at his highly polished golf shoes.

Then, looking me straight in the face, he said, ‘I want to give my heart to the Lord Jesus.’ After a while he added, ‘I want to be converted.’

After asking him a few questions I was convinced that he meant it seriously. He was determined to break with every known sin.

Together we knelt down by the table in the vestry and asked the Lord, Who was present, to come into his heart. Then he arose, full of joy and gratitude.

A few moments later the powerful engine of the big American car started up and quietly a new child of God drove home to a father and mother in whose hearts the Spirit of God was already mightily at work.

A few moments later the powerful engine of the big American car started up and quietly a new child of God drove home to a father and mother in whose hearts the Spirit of God was already mightily at work.

A few weeks later, the younger brother of this man reported simply to me, ‘Yes, I too belong to the Lord Jesus.’

‘But when did you accept Him?’ I queried in surprise.

‘The other day in the service I opened my heart to Him.’