Elisha’s testimony is similar to the prodigal son’s story. After rebelling and doing things on his own, he begged for his father’s help when he was left with nothing.
Prodigal Son’s Story
At the age of 13, Elisha was already addicted to drugs. He was very young when he started selling drugs and stealing.
It was his rebellion against his father that led him to his lifestyle.
“My dad was a pastor, and that’s why I tried to do the opposite. If he wants this for me, then I’m going to do the opposite. So, at the age of 13 and prior to that, I was just a mess. I was trying to make trouble wherever I went,” he said.
When he was 14 years old, he got involved with a mob in Jaffa, “an Arab kind of city.” And when he was 15 years old, he became a male prostitute.
Prodigal Son’s Story: “I Was Broken”
Because of Elisha’s choices in life, his dad couldn’t allow him to live at home anymore. So he lived on the streets.
“And it’s difficult. I’m drugged up; I’m doing things that I know are like the worst for me. And I had no hope,” he said.
When he couldn’t live that way anymore, he went home and begged his dad to help.
“I remember getting on my knees. I knocked on my dad’s door, and I told him that I couldn’t do this anymore. And I was broken. I’m like, “Dad, I need you,”” Elisha recalled.
His dad responded, “You need Jesus.”
That’s when his heart opened up to receive Jesus. He realized he couldn’t do it on his own.
Prodigal Son’s Story: “God Filled Me”
Since then, Elisha accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. And his dad baptized him the next day.
“I felt this presence of God, and I felt like there was nothing that I couldn’t do. And I felt like a new creation. I felt like there was no shame in my past. Now, I am sharing Jesus with every person I meet. I love Jesus, and I love what He does to people because I have that experience. And I know that He can change people’s lives. So everywhere I go and everyone I meet, Jesus is something I want them to know about,” he said.
Reference | SO BE IT!
Header image: Elisha [SO BE IT!]. YouTube, 15 November 2022, https://youtu.be/J6-0u3Y_w6Q