(Note: the above picture is not Oscar Childs!)
DayBreaks for 7/15/16 – Let Me Be That Kind of Bum
From the DayBreaks Archive, July 2006:
Tony Campolo was at a conference I attended and he told a story about a bum in Sydney, Australia. It seems that for a period of about 9 years, there was a particular bum who always hung around the train station in Sydney. It seems that as people would be waiting for their train, he would approach them, cautiously but respectfully, and ask them a question: “If you died tonight, do you know where you’d spend eternity?” Then he’d disappear.
Apparently, Campolo traveled to Sydney from time to time, and twice while he was there, he encountered two different men, 2 years apart, who shared a story with him about a bum that they’d encountered at the train station who had made them think about life and death, and who had reached them for Christ with a simple question.
Some years later, on another visit to Sydney, Mr. Campolo was on a radio show, being interviewed, and someone told him the story of a man named Oscar Childs. Oscar Childs was a bum who hung around the train station, asking people if they knew where they would spend eternity. In a matter of minutes, the phone lines of the radio show were flooded with calls as hundreds of people phoned in to tell stories of how Mr. Childs had helped lead them to Christ as they’d waited in the train station. It seems that Mr. Childs had just died. He was a bum, just a bum, and he died as a bum…but what a legacy he left behind him (or actually carried with him) for eternity! In this world Mr. Childs had little to nothing, but he wasn’t primarily concerned about this world. He was concerned about the next and about taking as many people with him to heaven as possible. Talk about meaning and purpose in life – talk about doing something that will live on after we’re long gone! Mr. Childs died a happy man and he will live in eternity with many friends he made in a train station in Sydney.
PRAYER: In our hurry, Jesus, we get carried away with the rush to get somewhere, to achieve something. And in most cases, what we’re trying to achieve isn’t very important at all. And we sacrifice the things that are truly important for a handful of dust. Give us hearts that are eager to share You and your love with those who so desperately need to know You. Thank You for examples of people like Mr. Childs, a brother we have never met, but whom we someday will. Give us courage like lions for you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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