How To Be…
We have people in our lives for a multitude of reasons. Some for a moment, others for a short season and still others for a life time. Each person that crosses our path is there for a reason. Each person teaches us a little something about ourselves and the world around us.
When we are imprisoned, either like Paul, physically, in cage prior to his execution or we be in chains of the heart and mind, they can act as the same tool of oppression in our lives. We have the One that can break these chains and set us free. While Paul was in a cage he lived more freely than some people that are walking through our neighborhood this morning. More freely than some people that are under the same roof as ourself. You may be the person shackled in heart and mind.
Even as Paul was in prison he told the world of his freedom in Christ. Paul teaches us that even in our worst possible position not only can we can turn to our Lord and Savior for freedom, grace and mercy we can actually encourage others and get away from ourselves.
Colossians 4 NKJV
1 Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,
4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.