John 17 – Bill Wilson

When Bill was 14 years old his mother asked him to wait on a street corner in Florida for her to return.

John 17:1-26

Reference:  v.20  “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message…" (NIV Bible)

Explore:  When I was working in children's ministry I soon got to know the name Bill Wilson.  When Bill was 14 years old his mother asked him to wait on a street corner in Florida for her to return.  He waited three days but she never came back.  A Christian mechanic, Dave Rudenis, found Bill and paid for him to attend a Christian camp where he gave his life to Christ.  Nearly fifty years later Bill has pastored the largest children's ministry and is an advocate for poor and marginalised children all over the world.  Through his ministry thousands upon thousands of children have heard about Christ and learned about the love of their Heavenly Father.

Application:   When Dave Rudenis found a young homeless boy on a street corner he had no idea that Bill would have such a huge impact on God's Kingdom.  It's the same each time we look beyond ourselves to help another in need.  We never know what they may do in the future or what plans God has for their lives.  When Jesus was about to go to the cross He prayed for His disciples but He also prayed for those who would come to know about God through the disciples.  We've all come to know Christ better through someone else's ministry and our call is to help others know Christ better through our actions too.  Next time we look at someone in need may we think of them as a future Bill Wilson; they may look helpless now but God can make something extraordinary out of their lives.

Prayer:  Lord, may we go out of our way to show people Your love.  May our words and actions help others to draw closer to You.  Amen.

Who can you reach out to help today?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.