Christian Devotions

Voluntary Prisoners

Ephesians 4:1 -3   I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

“Prisoner of the Lord” – the phrase finally got my attention.  Paul, in a Roman jail, was actually a prisoner of the Lord. Of course, he was a prisoner of the Lord outside the jail as well.  I did a double take.  He was a prisoner …

I look at our judicial system and wonder what is wrong with this picture. A person commits a crime and is incarcerated.  His activities are limited, true. But he is given a bed, three meals a day, medical and dental care, all at the expense of the state.  He doesn’t have to worry about rent or house payments, utilities, transportation, none of it.

The victim of his crime is left to deal with the aftermath. Replacement of damaged property, medical expenses, reduced earning capacity perhaps, and all the needful expenses of living – rent, utilities, transportation, etc.  At least that’s the way it works in our world.

When we volunteer to become prisoners of the Lord by giving our lives to Him, the Lord does for us all the things that the state does for a prisoner of the state.  The Lord becomes our provider. Our responsibility is obedience. I’m not advocating that we be irresponsible for the financial things in our lives, but I do mean that we need not fret about them.

God knows our needs before we do. He has made provision for all the vicissitudes in our lives. He is there before us and has a plan to see us through them.

Father, God,

Thank you for making provision for our lives. Thank you for letting us be part of Your plan for humanity. Thank you for letting us be your prisoners. Give us the grace to listen for Your voice and be sensitive to the promptings of Your Holy Spirit.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

Amen.

 

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