“Prisoner of Jesus, FOR you gentiles” I’m reminded this morning that While I belong to Jesus, the gifts He has given me are “FOR” others ...
Today’s scripture was a reminder to me is that Paul’s message was grace to the gentiles, and he was imprisoned for that message. He suffered for the sake of others' blessings willingly. Which is both a challenge and an encouragement for me to do likewise.
1. Do I spend enough meaningful time with the Lord so that He can reveal Himself to me in His word? 2. Am I faithful to share and pass along the knowledge of God to others? 3. Am I teachable and humble when others share with me?
Many Africans and indigenous peoples today struggle to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ because He was initially presented to many of us as a very anglicized God. To serve Him meant to change your outward appearance and dress before you could even hear about His grace and mercy. To hear that “Gentiles are fellowheirs with Israel, members of one body, and sharers together in the promise of Christ” is so encouraging. Jesus Christ is the great equalizer and unifier of ALL people. I pray this truth will prick all hearts that are resistant to His gospel because they somehow feel excluded by virtue of their tribe/location/identity/appearance/perceived lack of civility.
Verse 6 reminds me that God’s grace extends to all who would come. Similarly my display of God’s love and grace should not be with a favoritism towards whoever would come to me (thinking of James 2)