Ephesians 3:1

“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles.”

A lion is a tenacious beast. The king of the jungle, the mighty image of the animal kingdom. It was with the anointing of a lion that the Apostle Paul led the Gospel through the first church age as its Messenger. It was hard and rugged. He was often times misunderstood by the people he went to, and he found himself in prison more than once. His fellow Christians still did not believe he had converted to Christianity, the Jews despised him for his betrayal, and the disciples misunderstood him. It caused a lot of hardship for him.

Paul referred to himself in a different way. Even while chained to a prison wall in Rome, he wrote the words in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” He never complained about his physical imprisonment, but referred to something much greater. He called himself a prisoner of Christ. Paul knew what it was like to be imprisoned with chains; to have no control, nowhere to go, and to be all alone. He knew that this is the way he wanted to be with Christ: completely in His control.

Do you consider yourself a prisoner of Christ? Do you gladly accept the responsibility of following His name and willingly submit to His control? His burden is light and His yoke is easy (Matthew 11:30). He does not treat His own harshly like someone would in a physical prison. But Christ merely needs vessels like us, that He can show Himself to the world through. He needs vessels who are submitted to Him.

Bind yourself to Him. Let Him harness you into His perfect will. Willingly submit to His tender hands of guidance. Be a prisoner to Christ.

63-0717 - “A Prisoner”

There you are. You've only got one thing to do, the first step, tonight: surrender, become a prisoner. Don't think of yourself or something else. Become a prisoner. Moses become a prisoner, confessed he couldn't even talk. Finally, when God got him in His hand, where he could only move where God moved him. Where, He told him the Word. He knowed it was the Word, then he submitted himself to the Word. And the Holy Spirit there, God, harnessed Moses to the will of God.

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