Meera was a devout follower of Shiva, one of the many Hindu gods, as well as other goddesses. Daily, she would pray to the gods and regularly provided animal sacrifices and fasted. She would even cut her fingers to offer her blood as a sacrifice.
Being a devoted Hindu was Meera’s entire identity, and she renounced other beliefs. She hated Christians and would sometimes join others to persecute them.
One day, Meera became sick and discovered she had a tumor in her stomach. She immediately turned to her Hindu gods for healing. She built a temple at her home to worship them and performed even more rituals. But her illness only became worse. She became bedridden and could no longer get up to perform her sacrifices.
When she had lost all hope to live, Meera invited a Christian neighbor named Rohan to her home. Rohan shared the gospel with Meera and prayed that Jesus would heal her. But Meera’s heart was hardened, and she refused to believe in Jesus. She stubbornly continued to worship her gods while her sickness ravaged her body.
After several months, Meera was desperate. She invited Rohan to her home again. This time, Rohan brought other Christian friends to pray for her and share the gospel again.
Eventually, Meera’s heart softened, and she began to show signs of healing. Rohan and his friends continually visited Meera to pray, and Meera’s condition improved day by day. The Christ followers began meeting in Meera’s home to teach her the Bible.
Then, Meera was able to get out of her bed. She was completely healed. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was baptized soon after. This woman who once persecuted Christians became an evangelist and has already led several people in her village to Christ.
Meera abandoned her identity as a devoted follower of Shiva to become a child of God. The trajectory of her life—and the lives of those she has evangelized—has completely changed.
“‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’” -Ezekiel 36:26
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