Open Doors: Impact of Jail Ministry

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. ”

Revelation 3:20 NKJV


You never know what the Lord can and will do to reach those in prison. Watch and listen to Geoffrey Johnson’s testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness to one man at the Polk County Jail Ministry in Des Moines, Iowa.

There is so much in this video that is necessary to understanding what saving faith looks like. Since he gave his life to God through salvation in Jesus Christ, Geoffrey was given opportunity upon opportunity through open doors to walk through.

As long as I stay on the path that Jesus has laid out for me, it seems that I’m just always good. I literally did not do anything to prepare this path, I just showed up when God was giving me opportunities. …Today that broken, helpless, hopeless person has been redeemed. And God continues to open doors for me because I continue on His path and have a relationship with His Son, Jesus.

Geoffrey Johnson

Once redeemed, we are new creations in Christ. Being born again (John 3:7) is a new start, with new passions, and new desires. We are not the same as we were, but are completely restored to who we were meant to be (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Once he was saved, God was opening doors for Geoffrey to walk through. Proverbs 16:9 says, man plans his ways, but God directs our steps. It is through this symbiotic relationship we have with Christ, His Spirit living in us that we can accomplish great things for the Lord if we let Him.


“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them. “

Isaiah 42:16 NKJV


As Christians, we were once prisoners like Geoffrey and have been redeemed through Christ’s blood, and rescued from the bonds of the devil (2 Timothy 2:26). What are some things the Lord has been prompting you to do, or the doors that He opened for you to walk through? Are you walking through them? Are you needing help to find the door; the strength to open it, or the courage to crack it open and look inside? Let us know in the comments.

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