Monday, October 26

God’s word is not chained

Scripture: Job 18, Psalm 114, Acts 27-28

Acts 28:30–31 For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense. He welcomed all who visited him, 31 boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.

Observation

The book of Acts ends without a period, but with an ellipsis…  

Paul lived for two years under house arrest, chained to a soldier.  But that didn’t slow him or the gospel.  Many people came to visit him and he boldly proclaimed the Kingdom of God and taught about Jesus.  It reminds me of something Paul wrote later to Timothy:

2 Timothy 2:9 And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.

Application

What a great model for the church during Covid.  We may feel like we’re under “house arrest” and “chained.”  But the word of God cannot be chained.  And like Paul, we can find creative ways to boldly proclaim the Kingdom of God and teach about Jesus.  He didn’t let a little thing like jail slow him down—nor should we. 

Think creatively about how you could use your current circumstances and limitations to advance God’s Kingdom and share the gospel.  God’s word is not chained!

Prayer: Lord, thanks for this needed reminder.  I have felt chained.  Show me how to use my limitations to advance the Kingdom of God!