I know I shouldn't have favorites, but I do. Not talking about my family or the people who work with or for me. I'm talking about some of the people I get to talk with from time to time. When one of these people opens us and tells me what God is saying to them and doing through them, I get excited, my hearts begins to beat faster and I share what they tell me.
So was the letter I just opened from Tim. He has attended our church on and off for a few years, but Tim recently got in a big mess and trouble. He will spend the next 3 years in one our State's correctional centers. But in Tim's letter were some incredible points that I have heard before, but these are so good from him. You see, Tim's health has been going down hill for sometime. Now he is in a place to get help but mainly to finally eat right. He is also in one of the tougher centers our state runs which means he is on lock down most of the time. Tim recounted in his letter to me about the conversation he is having with God, and he talked about how sweet the things God is saying and teaching him.
This is awesome. I write Tim back and reminded him that God often gets our attention so that He can prepare us for greater things. Remember about the pruning God tells us about in John 15.
He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
Every couple of weeks I get a letter from Rob. We met about four years ago when Rob was going through rehab and getting his life back together. Since then, life hasn't been easy, and Rob's choices have been not always the best. Rob too is spending some years in a correctional center. But the things Rob is doing behind bars are the things that he has been called to do in life. Rob is called to help men get closer to God.
Rob is leading Bible studies with some of the guys he is with. I got a letter from Rob's mom recently along with a letter from another man's mom. It told the story of how she had prayed for her son, Chris, to meet Jesus. While in the center, Rob led Chris to meet Jesus and to be saved. Now, this is an awesome story.
Each of us have the ability to be used by God no matter where we are. God is at work in and around our lives, yet we have to chose to let Him work on us and to work through us. Our story will help others. What God has taught us will teach others. God is at work, no matter where we are. That is one of the greatest things we shouldn't forget.
Let God work in and through you just like Tim and Rob are doing. What an incredible picture of God's grace and 2nd chances!