Why do we share?
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (New International Version 1984, Isaiah 61:1).
Most OJPM chaplains are volunteers who understand that the indwelling of the Spirit of the Lord compels them to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.
Some OJPM chaplains raise their own financial support and/or receive stipends from our ministry. There are four chaplains that are on a salary that make up our administrative staff.
No matter the compensation, each of our chaplains has discovered the opportunity to live out Isaiah 61:1 each week through our ministry. Each of them has been anointed by the Lord to step out of his or her comfort zone to go where He leads to proclaim freedom for the captives.
Our chaplains share whenever an opportunity arises; they have found that there are numerous opportunities to open the Word of God with the men and women who find themselves in one of our county jails. These men and women are in a desperate situation and are open to hearing the hope of how they can be released from darkness.
Isaiah writes of being sent and foretells Jesus’ own ministry of doing the will of the Father over His own will. OJPM chaplains are individuals who have surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. That means they follow Christ’s teachings and have Christ living in them.
Embracing the “sentness” of Isaiah and of Jesus is a clear marker of a Christ-like life. The Apostle Paul, under the same anointing of the Holy Spirit, described it this way. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” Romans 10:14–15!
Allow me to riff as the Apostle Paul did. OJPM chaplains share because they have the living gospel story indwelling within them. OJPM chaplains have the living gospel indwelling within them because they have repented of their sins and surrendered to the Lord. OJPM chaplains have surrendered to the Lord because they have heard the message of hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ. OJPM chaplains have heard the message of hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ because someone shared with them.
Do you see the circle of life that God has designed into the Christian life? There is a time and place to focus on each portion of the circle, but the focus today is – OJPM chaplains share because someone shared with them. When you have heard the truth, you have to speak up.
Is the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord on you?
Unleashing the captives,