How God Used Charles W. ‘Chuck’ Colson to Inspire Others
Mr. Chuck Colson inspired me from the moment I first read his book, “Born Again.” I was standing in a Christian bookstore in Buffalo New York looking for books to explain what had happened to me after becoming a Christian while I awaited a court date for a drug possession charge back in 1980.
I found Colson’s book very fascinating and it also confirmed to me that the same experience that happened to Chuck Colson happened to me. We both were “born again” by having Jesus Christ come into our lives and that is who had changed us.
Chuck Colson was once considered Richard Nixon’s “hatchet man” and his special legal counsel, so how in the world would someone like me ever get to meet a high-caliber politician like him… yet alone turn out to actually like the guy?
Well, we met because we both got arrested and went to prison. In both of our lives we praised God for allowing that to happen. By experiencing our “prison moments” we came to understand that God had a much different purpose for our lives then we could ever dream possible.
After Colson became a Christian and started Prison Fellowship Ministries he made it a point to visit a prison every Easter Sunday. Well, Easter Sunday 1982 was no different. That year the prison Chuck chose to speak in was the one I was serving time in for my drug possession charge.
“Did Jesus Christ really change Colson?” I asked myself. “Is this guy for real?” I had to find out first-hand so I attended the Easter Sunday service where he gave a very compelling sermon on why he thought the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was true.
As soon as Colson finished his sermon everyone in the place stood up and cheered and many came forward for prayer. I flew up to the podium afterwards to personally meet him. Chuck grasped my hand and looked me right in my eyes and said something to me I will never ever forget: “Marty, I know God has a very special plan for you.”
A few years later I actually wound up working with Chuck at Prison Fellowship. It is amazing how God works.
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