“I, Paul am a prisoner of Christ Jesus because of my preaching to you Gentiles. As you already know, God has given me this special ministry of announcing His favour to you Gentiles. As I briefly mentioned earlier in this letter, God himself reviled his secret plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand what I know about this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now He has revealed it by the Holy Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.”
Thought: Paul was being held under house arrest in Rome for preaching about Jesus. The religious leaders in Jerusalem wanted him put on trial for treason, because of his faith, and his boldness in telling others. He was awaiting his case to be heard by the emperor. Dispute his imprisonment he continued to serve his saviour, and would not keep his mouth shut.
Question: Think very carefully about this. Have things in your life always got to go well for you to follow Jesus? Put yourself in Paul’s shoes, Are you prepared to endure for the sake of your salvation?
When you read these words of Paul, he knew without doubt, that God had specifically called him to serve as he did. Even though he found himself a prisoner this did not deter him. He did not hold a pity party, and say” poor me “, and give up because things did not tern out the way he thought. Amazingly he saw being a prisoner as a new opportunity.
Question: From today, how about taking a new stand? Whether life is good, or whether life throws up unexpected and uncomfortable challenges, what if we follow Paul’s example and see them as opportunities, just another way to share Jesus? Turning something which was meant to have a negative affect into something good and positive!
Christy Nockles – Let it be Jesus.
Jefferson Bethke – young man gives an unforgettable speech about Jesus-inspirational.