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Opportunity Lost

"Almost you persuade me to be a Christian."1

When Mahatma Gandhi was attending university in London, he became almost convinced of the validity of Christianity, seeing it as possibly the one true supernatural religion.

After graduation, he continued to seek evidence that would persuade him to become a committed Christian. When he accepted employment in another country, and lived with a family who were members of an evangelical Christian church, he believed this would be his greatest source of evidence for the Christian faith.

Gandhi lived with this family for seven months, but after seeing their casual attitude towards God, hearing them complain about making sacrifices for Christ, and becoming acutely aware of their religious apathy, he became disillusioned.

"No," he concluded, "Christianity is not the one true, supernatural religion I had hoped to find. A good religion, but just one more of the many religions of the world."

While circumstances were vastly different with King Agrippa who heard the Apostle Paul's testimony and rejected it, Gandhi, too, was almost persuaded to become a Christianóbut was put off because of a Christian's poor testimony.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to so live that my behavior and attitude will never turn anyone away from you. But help me to live so that people will see Jesus in me and want Jesus for themselves. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. King Agrippa in Acts 26:28.

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