Bound and Determined

 

January 21

 

Read Ephesians 3:1-5

For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles-assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.

 

Reflect

What do you think Paul means when he says that he is a prisoner of Christ?

 

Man, do I love freedom. I am a proud American who appreciates the sacrifices that others have made on my behalf so that I can enjoy this liberty. If you are a freedom-lover like me, it may be difficult to identify with what Paul is saying in this first verse. He says that he is a prisoner of Christ. That certainly doesn’t sound very appealing to most of us. Why would we ever want to be someone’s prisoner? What does Paul mean by that?

 

First of all, Paul was a literal prisoner when he penned this letter to the Ephesians. He had been tossed into jail because he was preaching to the Gentiles which angered some of the Jews. The issue of him preaching to Gentiles led to riots in the temple and to his arrest. He was technically a prisoner of the Roman government. And yet, he doesn’t identify himself as a prisoner of Caesar. He knew that he was ultimately bound to do what Jesus had called him to do. So he referred to himself as a prisoner of Christ.

 

When Paul was on the road to Damascus, Jesus revealed Paul’s calling to preach to the Gentiles. In Acts 9:15, Jesus said to Ananias about Paul, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

 

Paul knew that he was going to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ and yet, he passionately obeyed God and fulfilled His mission. Paul took the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles despite the risks. He knew that the message he shared would anger some important people. But he did not allow that to intimidate him. He didn’t alter the message to appease the masses or to maintain the status quo. He boldly proclaimed the truth that Jesus had revealed to him regarding the salvation of the Gentiles. He was bound and determined to obey the Lord no matter the cost.

 

Like Paul, we have also been given a mission from Jesus. We were all commissioned to “Go and make disciples.” We are to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our neighbors and to the nations. Are you bound and determined to fulfill your mission? Will you obey the Lord no matter what the cost?

 

Pray

Jesus, You are the Lord of my life. I want to obey You and follow You no matter the cost. Give me the strength and courage to fulfill my mission. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Lord Jesus, give me a heart to serve like the Apostle Paul. Despite the setbacks I may face, Lord allow me the privilege of serving on Your behalf and in Your name. Amen.
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Paul has written an revelation to the new believers that they (Greeks) does have the right inheritance from God, by drifting them into the family of Gos.
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From what I gather his name was Saul, before Paul So, When he did not believe as Saul he became a believer in Christ. He knew from his bad pass experience that it was a God. I thinnk this because Paul was in jail never tried to break out an God deliver not only Paul out of jail but their were others too. To make the story short when he said that he was Jesus slave, He was completely soul to Jesus to used him anyway that God could use him to let others know his name was Jesus. We are living in a time that you would want to be a slave for God to be cover under the blood. He who obey and yeild to the word of God shall have ever lasting life. Jesus said I'm the true vine what a mighty God we serve, as we are his slaves too.
Tim you have no reason to fear anything but The Lord Jesus Christ. As You both Love Jesus Christ, your only fear is He. God Bless and keep You both always in Jesus name Amen
For me it has never been an issue no matter what the cost is I will follow Jesus, I will stand firm on His solid Rock, building life through and on Jesus solid foundation! Truth be told we are to Love one another as Jesus Loves us first and as He remains Loving we his children each new day. Come what may the cost matters not I will Rise up even when I stumble as He lifts me to follow Jesus and His every word. Joyfully being His slave only! Father I Praise and Glorify Your Holly Name please grant give me the strength, peace, wisdom and guidance to Love as You Love leading me through this beautiful mission of life giving in You. Than You Lord in Jesus name Amen. A verse I read daily John 13: 34-35. By Loving one another then and only then will everyone know we are only His disciples. Remember always The Lord is The Joy of our Strength!
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FATHER, GIVE ME THE COURAGE TO GO BOLDLY AND SPREAD THE GOSPEL TO ALL THAT NEED TO HEAR IT. IN JESUS AMEN
Thank you, my prayer also.
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I Will follow The Lord Always although I may stumble at times!
I pray I will be able to stand in the face of persecution, speak boldly when I need to and bring others to faith in Jesus Christ.
I pray one day at a time God keep me and entire family. those that were born in and those that are given to us. I love you Lord first everyday of my life every morning when my eyes open I rejoice that I am here to see another day at this point in my life. I am 65 and I have live longer then my parents. what a blessings to raised 2 of my youngest grandkids and I have help in raising most of the older grandkids amen amen amen
I pray that I have the courage to profess Christ, even with persecution. I fear if they threaten my wife . I know though that God will protect those who love Him. I love God, and so does my wife.
Please Lord, help me, open my mouth at the right moment, help me recognize the opportunities you give me to spread the Gospel and talk to others about your love! Amen
God be praised! That statement in Acts 9:15 clearly reveals Paul's calling; it came very clear to me in this message. So thankful for this.
Lord, forgive me for my inaction...please give me the strength and wisdom to fulfill my mission, the spreading of the Gospel Good News. Please give me the Spirit, will, and courage to be a light for the lost.. Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
Lord Jesus, forgive me for all the ways I have been unfaithful and disobedient to You. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Give me Your power and strength to contend in spreading the "Good News of the Gospel" with others, no matter the cost, for Your glory. Amen.
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I enjoyed reading this and I understand that sometimes in our lives God will allow us to go thru things that seems hard to those on the outside but for the one going thru u come to realize it’s all part of God’s plan and God will sometime allow a bad situation to work for good of His name because He (God)will always win in the end no matter who and what it takes to achieve it...
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We are all slaves some to Satan and this worlds pleasures and by faith slaves to Jesus. A slave goes where he is told. We must follow Jesus plan for us wherever He leads us for we know He is king over all things. Lord Jesus let us joyfully go wherever you want us to go and share the your love to this world. The joy of the Lord is my strength. Amen
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Yes, I look at my Mission statement that I prayed over and questioned every day ... and God has been and is so faithful. Thanks for having us do that as it keeps me accountable and focused. Some of the perceived 'costs' are being realized. Trusting God for wisdom, strength, courage and provision.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
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