Article by Ken Webb, Field Ministry Director

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In Acts 4:13 (ESV), we find a powerful message that resonates with our role as chaplains in the motorsports world: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”

This verse reminds us of the profound impact our faith and relationship with Jesus can have on those we serve. As chaplains, we are called to reflect God’s love, grace, and truth in the lives of the people we minister to, just as Peter and John were.

Here are a few key points to consider from this verse:

  1. Boldness in Faith: The boldness of Peter and John was not rooted in their education or social status, but in their unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. As chaplains, we too are called to boldly proclaim the gospel, offer comfort, and provide spiritual guidance with confidence in our Savior.
  2. Uncommon Love: The world often values intellect, status, and wealth. However, what truly sets us apart as chaplains is our uncommon love for others. We are called to demonstrate Christ’s love in a way that surpasses worldly standards.
  3. Recognizable Transformation: People should recognize that we have been with Jesus. This recognition comes from our actions, words, and the way we carry ourselves. Our daily walk with Christ should be evident to all, drawing them closer to the light of His presence.
  4. Ministry Beyond Words: Our ministry extends beyond verbal communication. It is in our deeds of kindness, our listening ear, and our genuine care for those we serve that the love of Christ becomes tangible.

As chaplains, our work is a unique and powerful ministry. We have the privilege of being the hands and feet of Jesus in places where His light is needed most. Let us be encouraged by Acts 4:13 to walk boldly, love uncommonly, and radiate the transformational presence of our Lord.

Remember that the impact of our service as chaplains is not measured by worldly standards but by the eternal difference we make in the lives of those we encounter. May we continue to be vessels of God’s love, leading others to recognize that we have been with Jesus.