When I think of all this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the benefit of you Gentiles …. – Ephesians 3:1
Have you ever been in prison? It’s okay, you can plead the 5th. I am happy to say that I have never had that experience myself (having only escaped by the grace of God), but let’s not go THERE!
While I have never been incarcerated, I can’t go as far as to say that I have escaped bondage. I used to be shackled to my flesh, my sins, and my passions until Christ set me free and I became a “bond-servant” to His will. Like Paul (and all other Christ-followers), I became a prisoner of Christ Jesus the day I surrendered to His saving grace.
Paul said that he was obligated by the God-given desire to take the Gospel to all those who were not a part of the Old Covenant. In another letter to another church, Paul wrote, “You have been bought with a price (the blood of Christ) and you are not your own; therefore, glorify God in your body.”
Everyone is in “bound” by something or someone, the question is, “Who … or what … is holding you?”
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. – Bob Dylan
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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