People involved in Prison Ministry are fulfilling a call from Lord to serve His children incarcerated in jails and prisons. In the eyes of the Law, they did wrong and are being punished for their deed. Yet, the Lord has compassion on them. This is confirmed in Matthew 25:36 where Jesus said, “I was in prison and you visited me.” Questions arose from the crowd that heard Him. He replied, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Some people have no compassion for those whom committed a serious crime. Their belief and opinion is that criminals should be locked up forever with no hope of ever getting out. Christians with loved ones behind bars feels differently. They believe with God all things are possible, and pray for their loved ones to hear the gospel message so hope can be restored. There are countless stories of men and women whose lives got drastically changed because someone took the time to visit them in prison.
Prison Ministry has great rewards, and are richly blessed upon hearing a prisoner whom accepted Christ in his heart say, “I’m freer inside here than I ever was out on the street.” The Lord can use him in a mighty way right where he is. His testimony could lead many more to Christ, so they too can experience true freedom for the first time in their lives.
God is Love. His grace, mercy, and forgiveness is available to anyone willing to receive it. Sin is sin, there is none greater than the other. Unfortunately the sins of some result in their being incarcerated, for various lengths of time, including a life sentence. Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hard to fathom but true, that our sins are completely erased from God’s mind when we repent and receive His forgiveness. He expects us to extend the same love, mercy, and forgiveness to others.
People involved in Prison Ministry share the gospel of Jesus Christ, and provide hope in the lives of those whom desperately need it. Prayer and financial support enables them to carry out what God has called them to do to advance His kingdom. If God puts Prison Ministry on your heart, ask Him to show you what you can do, and go from there. He will make way for you to ensure Jesus visits those in prison.