Robert Borelli was a member of the mafia who lived a life of crime – but after spending his life in and out of prison he found himself at an inevitable crossroad.
Overcome with despair – he cried out to God to either change him – or kill him.
And in God’s incredible mercy – well, you won’t believe how God responded.
To start – can you imagine giving God an ultimatum?
For those of us who know Christ, the thought of challenging a Holy God can seem unthinkable – yet many of us do it each day without even realizing it.
We often try to bargain with God – or challenge Him to act a certain way.
And it typically happens when we’ve hit rock bottom and come to the end of our rope.
For Robert Borelli – after finding himself in prison yet again – he had finally hit his bottom and realized he had enough.
There he was – isolated in a prison cell, away from his daughter and loved ones – alone with his thoughts and forced to confront all he had done.
And it was in that moment when he desperately cried out to God.
CBN News reported:
“I knew about God but didn’t know God. I gave God an ultimatum,” Robert Borelli recently told “The Prodigal Stories Podcast.”
“I said, ‘You better have somebody kill me — or change me.’”
Talk about an honest plea.
It is common for many people to grow up with an intellectual knowledge of God – without ever knowing Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
And Robert had never experienced the incredible love of God that comes when we put our faith in Jesus – until now.
CBN News continued:
“Around the same time, he struck a deal with the government to cooperate with officials and enter the witness protection program.
“When the government offered me that, I accepted that offer,” Borelli said.
“I could see God moving from that point in time … God was honoring the desire of my heart to get to know Jesus more.”
After putting his faith in Jesus – everything changed.
Borelli embraced his new life in Christ – and fully appreciated his second chance to do it right.
He even wrote a book called “The Witness” – testifying that so long as we are still alive – it is never too late for a new beginning.
Praise God for taking this former hardened criminal and making him a new creation in Christ.
Borelli’s story shows us all yet again the incredible and transformational power of Jesus Christ – and how the power of the Gospel can make us a new creation.
If there is someone in your life that you’ve been praying for who doesn’t yet know Jesus – don’t lose hope.
God can reach the hardest of hearts and soften them with His love.
So keep praying and hold true to His promises – and then watch Him work!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
What are your thoughts about Borelli’s testimony?
Have you ever given God an ultimatum?
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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