Knocked Into The Kingdom



A lady who has attended many of the meetings was recently telling me of a couple of odd happenings that took place at some mission services. She said that a poor, lost sinner was standing just in front of the door while a meeting was in progress. He had never been in the hall, and had no idea of going. Through his sinful life he was empty in pocket and hungry. As a gentleman was passing before him, he made bold to ask him please to give him some money. The words were hardly out of his mouth, when the person he had accosted drew back his fist and struck him such a violent blow on the head that he knocked the poor fellow clear through the mission door and landed him sprawling in the aisle. At once a couple of the ushers, or brethren laid hold upon him and, seeing he needed salvation, they carried him up to the altar and dumped him down by its side. In a few minutes he began to wail and cry to the Saviour for mercy, and in less than an half hour was clearly and powerfully converted. Truly this was being knocked into the kingdom of God, and it was a blow for which a man could be thankful for having received forevermore. The man who smote him evidently had neither silver nor gold, but such as he had, he gave freely to him, and it resulted in something far better than money.


From: LIVING ILLUSTRATIONS By Beverly Carradine