A better life for me

Isaiah Mofokeng
Isaiah Mofokeng

I know there is someone who is above all these things," Isaiah Mofokeng thought as he went to jail for selling drugs and stealing.

"I ended up in prison because of stealing cow stock. I was not working, so I was trying to survive and wanted to buy clothes for my kids," he confesses.

Before coming to prison Isaiah says he did not know anything about God but when he was imprisoned he wanted to know more.

"It was hard (in prison), that is why I was looking for something to help me to get out.

"It was in some ways good to go to prison because there I met Jesus and He saved my soul."

He attended a Christian church service in prison, where he recalls, "I heard a sermon from a pastor on Psalm 23, which says, 'The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.'"

The pastor explained that "Jesus came to save us through dying on the cross".

That day, Isaiah says, "I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.

As a result, he adds, "I can live a better life now. I am not stealing anymore."

Regularly attending church, reading the Bible, and prayer every day all help Isaiah to remain committed in his relationship with Jesus.

"God helps me in all ways by praying and reading the Bible," he says.

Isaiah wants to tell other prisoners to also seek Jesus.

"Jesus can forgive you and change your life forever and ever."

One of Isaiah's favourite Bible passage is Jesus' promise that those who give their lives to Him will receive God's spiritual blessings because of His mercy and goodness.

Isaiah quotes from Matthew chapter 7, verses 7-12: "Ask [of God] and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law [of God] and the Prophets [of the Old Testament]."

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