evangelism,  freedom,  Gospel,  riches in Christ,  Truth

A Ball and Chain

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that you might be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ (Philemon 1:4-6).

Philemon was a private letter written during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome. It amazes me that even while stuck behind bars, Paul’s ministry was great–perhaps greater than it would have been if he hadn’t been in jail. Because he was imprisoned, his letters minister to us today. (I’m sure Paul’s prison bars didn’t look like this nor did he smoke, but hopefully you get the picture.)

How many of us wish our ministries or lives looked differently? How many of us think we could do so much more if we were in different circumstances? But Paul’s life is a perfect example of bad circumstances being used for God’s glory.

I love the promise given in these verses. Paul writes that the fruit of sharing our faith is a full understanding, a knowing, of every good thing we have in Christ. What are some of those good things? How about freedom, joy, love, peace, purpose….

I won’t find my purpose if I’m focused on my needs and circumstances. My focus set on me works like a ball and chain, but I will find freedom and deep satisfaction- a full understanding of every good thing I have in Christ if my focus is off of me and on sharing the good news of Jesus everyday.

Don’t we want to have a full understanding of the treasures we have in Christ? Preach the gospel my friends! Whether to a neighbor or a nation go tell what Jesus has done for you and them!

I feel the need to tell you again that you are right where you’re supposed to be–good or bad. God has a ministry for you right where you are.

Much grace,
andy

Andy Lee is a wife, mother of three, author, speaker, and blogger. She inspires her readers to step out into their call whether to a neighbor or nation to find purpose and joy using the gifts God has given them. She lives on the North Carolina Coast with her favorite people in the whole word, her family. She loves chocolate, geraniums, coffee, and Jesus.

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