Khalid was a gang member at 15 years of age. He and his band of gang brothers carried knives and roamed the area near the Delhi Airport, intimidating travelers who were coming into or leaving the country.
Because of an altercation during which a boy from another gang was stabbed, Khalid was arrested and taken to jail. He was terrified. A pastor who knew Khalid came to the jail on his behalf, insisting that Khalid was a good boy. Because Khalid wasn’t the one who stabbed the boy, the pastor was able to convince the authorities to let him go.
Khalid was released after spending just two days in jail. Upon returning home, Khalid began to think about the life he wanted versus the life he had been living. During one of the lessons with his pastor, Khalid drew a picture representing his struggle. In the picture, Satan was alluring him to rejoin the gang, while he cried out, “Jesus, save me!” He was finally beginning to understand how hatred was leading him into a life of destruction and that crying out to Jesus was the only way to be delivered.
Some still think I am a useless rogue, but I want to be a better person.
Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:12-13 esv
You make beautiful things, O God. Thank you that nothing is unredeemable in your presence. And even though we might think of ourselves as “useless rogues” there is no such label in your eyes.