Less than two years ago, I was at a low point in life. Sometimes you are given obstacles that make you question everything about yourself – your worth, your ability, your talent, your value. I was there. Caught up in the BS of man’s world and the people in it.
In addition to the best lady in the world, my own beautiful bride, another kind soul was put in my path to help me climb out of the hole I found myself in.
Chris Plants helped me see the beauty in the world that I had overlooked for so long. What started as a simple article about this man and his ministry grew into work on full-length novel and so much more. It brought about a friendship that I am so thankful to have.
Today’s story is one of many Chris has shared with me over time, and it is very powerful. It also shows how standing up for your beliefs can cost you.
So I’ll let Chris take over this now and share with you a remarkable tale I hope I will get to write more of in the future.
John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that through him the world might be saved.
Several years ago, our Living God put me in the specific path of Luke Hockenjos, founder of the “Giv’em Jesus Ministry”. We met at Christ Fit Gym in Bossier and became friends and Christian Brothers very quickly. Giv’em Jesus Ministry literally gives out thousands of Bibles per year. Luke taught me if you give a very nice Bible and somehow make it personable to the person, it makes a huge difference about that person accepting that Bible, keeping it, and reading it. The absolute best way we have found to give a Bible and have it truly received is to put that person’s name in gold on that Bible for them. That is a game changer. The gift is so much more meaningful.
We partnered and began handing out Bibles to individuals whoI was arresting as a Special Agent in the FBI. It was a huge success, believe it or not, and I have so many awesome miraculous stories from giving these Bibles. These people would be at a very low point in their lives, but that is a great point in time to introduce that person to JESUS. They feel that they have no hope until they hear about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Messiah. Jonah said this in the belly of the whale, which of course was a pretty low point in his life: Jonah 2:1-2 From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry!”
From my truly crazy line of work, I became friends with a who had been addicted to methamphetamine and living a very hard life with an outlaw motorcycle gang. She had lost her family, her old friends, thoughts and plans for life, hope, and totally lost her relationship with our JESUS. God told me to get her a Bible with her name on it and I did. The next day I received this text message from that lady:
“Thank you for that gift. It was the greatest gift that anyone has ever given me. Last night I called my mother and asked her to come get me. I have left this way of life and I will never return to it. I am moving back to my family in another state. I had lost my way and I thank you for showing me the path back to my real life and especially back to JESUS! I will never forget this gift or my way again.”
I so loved how the woman, even at 45 years old, called her mother. No matter the circumstance, the mother came to get her daughter. That’s the way that Jesus wants to return to your lives. The woman has been without addiction for years now and is a working member of society who gives back and, most importantly, draws closer to Jesus every day.
I cannot describe how blessed I felt when I received that message. Who am I that God and Jesus would use me in such a way as this? Who am I that the King of Kings would know my name? I am horrible but I will say “YES” to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day for the rest of my life, no matter the cost, pain, or anything at all ever!
Now that I can finally laugh about this a little, this was one of the things that got me fired by the FBI but it was our Living God’s plan, and his plans are always perfect. In Joshua 1:9 God commanded us to be bold and courageous! Please join me and the Webster Parish Men and Women of Courage and stand up for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the public in our community!
(Chris Plants is a founding member of Webster Parish Men of Courage. Their mission is to encourage, equip, and empower the Men of God to become spiritual leaders in their home, local church, community, and workplace. Webster Parish is now home to a Women of Courage chapter as well as Families of Courage.)
(Josh Beavers is an award-winning journalist who has five times been recognized for excellence in opinion writing by the Louisiana Press Association. At one time, he was editor of The Good News, a weekly publication that shared information about local churches and men and women of God.)
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