Treasures in Prison Cells
Pastor Al Whittinghill writes, "In the world system when something is broken, it is set aside. But in the Kingdom of God, He sets aside the unbroken thing. It is the precious, broken thing that He uses to confound the wise and show the world His glory through vessels of clay."
Do a large percentage of those in the church view prisoners and their families as broken in a way which is no different than the world? Are those who are unbroken in the church set aside by God, while the precious, broken things confound the wise and show His glory as vessels of clay?
I've heard the complaints that the local church does not reach out to prisoners, but in reality, it is the prisoner and their families who are called to reach out to the church. Let's pray that God will change our perspective from asking the church for help, but rather see ourselves ministering to the church inside and outside the walls.
The apostle Paul was a prisoner (Eph. 3:1), and our attitude should be as his when he states, "Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian there is, I was chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone this plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret form the beginning" (Eph. 3:8,9 NLT). For a prophecy by Bill Yount concerning God's most valuable treasure, check out the Treasures in Prison Cells link!