Oh those chains, those chains!
By Pastor Lee Hemen
February 25, 2009
As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. (Philippians 1:13)
The result of what happened to Paul was the advancement of the gospel. So much so that even the palace guards that were there guarding Paul knew exactly why he was in chains. There was no greater testimony than these as far as Paul was concerned.
What a difference between even these guards and many who claim Christ in our day and age! Just recently I counseled a believer about their lifestyle and they are having a hard time seeing “the justice” of God in that they think they are unjustly suffering at the hands of God because of it! It just confirmed to me that a lot of those who claim faith in Christ, do so as long as it is about them. We live in a “me first” society.
The result of Paul’s life and witness was that the advancement of the gospel was apparent throughout the palace guard. When folks look at your life, what do they see? Do they see the chains of your own making or the chains you wear because of advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ? I am reminded of the old Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol,” where Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by Jacob Marley, his old business partner, who comes to Scrooge shackled and bound by chains of his own making. Each link he forged in life through greed and selfishness. Is this the verdict of Christians today? I pray not.
Dear Child of the Lord, today if you see you circumstances as God’s unjust judgment of your sin, then perhaps you are forging the wrong testimonial chains. The chains Paul proudly wore were even seen by his captors as unjust because of the gospel he believed in. What about you and your life? What is clear to everyone who see you? Are you in chains for Christ or are those chains of your own making?
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