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Preaching From Prison

Preaching From Prison
Walking Worthy of His Calling

Now when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, "Men of Israel, help!" This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place. Acts 21:27-28 (NKJV)

Hey, let's face it; we have all had a bad day at work where we can't wait for it to end so we can go home.   And for some, it isn't just a day; it can be everyday as they can actually feel as though they are in prison while at work.  Not having the freedom to do what they want to do can play a sizable factor, not to mention those coworkers who seem to have a niche for getting under one's skin.  The 5 o'clock whistle blows and a huge weight may seem as if it were lifted - bringing along the sense of being set free!

Still, others feel imprisoned when they have no job, as they are limited in their freedom simply from the lack of resources - unable to pay their bills or even afford gas for their car, they can feel claustrophobic.  

When you think about it anywhere can feel like prison when we don't feel as though we have the freedom to do what "we" want to do.  And therein lies the problem - it's all about what "we" want.

The way I look at it, God is still in control and He is allowing us to be where we are at, and I believe He wants to use us in every situation. We may be at a particular job or even off of work for a specific reason, and this reason may just be sharing Christ with others.  So whether we sometimes feel like we are in prison or not, we should always remember God wants to use us in a great and powerful way -  we simply have to be willing.  We should never let our circumstances - past or present - hinder our attitude and willingness. We can see the ultimate example of this truth in Jesus.

"Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." Luke 22:42 (NKJV)

We can see another great example of this with the Apostle Paul throughout the various books of the New Testament as we are continually seeing him in prison.  We never see this hampering his work - he continued to preach to the officials, the guards, or whoever was in prison with him - it didn't matter.  Not only did Paul witness and give a great defense of the gospel whenever possible, but he wrote at least four books of the New Testament - Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon - all while in Prison.

The cool part is Paul didn't consider himself a prisoner of any job, government or religion; he considered himself to be a prisoner of the Lord.  Paul was a willing "bondslave" - he knew there could be no power on earth to control or harm him if it were not God's will for his life.  Paul clearly knew he was given a mission by the Lord requiring him to work in some hostile and adverse conditions, but he was willing to walk worthy of this calling.  

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called... Ephesians 4:1 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, we too have clearly been given a mission, and we will probably face some hostility and adverse conditions from time to time.  We simply need to decide whether we will walk worthy of the calling we have been called.  We might not have the freedom to talk about Jesus at work, but we need to remember, sometimes the best way to speak to others about Christ is to live it.  Our selfless acts of love and service to others will always speak loudly.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Luke 22:42 what can we learn about proper priorities for facing tough situations?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to submit to God's will for every situation, believing He is in control?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord and ask for His will.  When you find yourself feeling like you are in prison, try to become a prisoner of the Lord and allow Him to work through you.

Father, thank You for Your covering in my life.  Thank you for guiding me and keeping me safe.  I praise your name and give all the glory to You for the many blessings I have received.  Help me to see Your will clearly when I am facing tough challenges.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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