I am reliably told that Chuck Colson was a self-made man. As a student, he turned down a scholarship to Harvard. He joined the Marines, set up his law firm and entered politics. By the time he was forty he had become one of President Nixon’s closest advisers. Later, he described himself as ‘a young ambitious political kingmaker’. He is historically known as Nixon’s ‘hatchet-man’.
He pleaded guilty to his part in the Watergate scandal and was sent to prison. By then he had met Jesus and his life had been transformed. His response to his sentence was, “What happened in court today… was the court’s will and the Lord’s will – I have committed my life to Jesus Christ and I can work for him in prison as well as out.”
Chuck Colson did just that. After his release, he set up Prison Fellowship and became directly and indirectly responsible for leading thousands to Christ. He was heard to say, “I was ambitious for Chuck Colson, but today I am ambitious for Christ.”
Lord, I love you. I want to make it my ambition today, and for the rest of my life, to walk before you in the land of the living. Amen