Could we handle the chains?

Posted: November 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

As I sit here reading my Bible this morning I am reading in Colossians. I get to the very end where Paul says this. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Colossians 4:18. Those words Remember my Chains are words that we look over most of the time, but I started thinking about those chains. Paul wrote several books from prison because of his love and passion for Jesus that ultimately landed him there. Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were all written by Paul from prison. He wrote them with chains on his hands and probably chains on his feet, yet he stayed strong in his faith. Earlier in Colossians in chapter three he tells us to work heartily for the Lord and not for men. Paul could have very easily pleased the men around him in this time by turning from the Gospel and living a low key life. He could have just fit in with the rest of the crowd and saved himself a lot of trouble and pain, but he didn’t. Paul had a real encounter with Jesus Christ that he couldn’t just throw to the side and forget about. He was knocked off his horse, blinded and changed from the inside out. This was a man that was actually mistreating Christians and putting them into prison. Now Paul finds himself on the other side of it all. He is the one now being mistreated, put in prison, and put in chains yet he never loses his passion for Jesus. We never see Paul give up or say this is to hard. He keeps pushing through the pain, heartache and the loss he experiences on his journey with Christ. He had a real encounter with Jesus that couldn’t be downplayed or cast aside. He lived a life dedicated to sharing the Gospel no matter what trial awaited him.

All of this made me start thinking. Could we handle the chains? Could we be so in love with Jesus that it doesn’t matter what happens in our life, we keep passionately pursing Jesus and sharing the Gospel with others? I think a lot of Christians these days would turn and run just at the thought of being put in prison for our faith. I hope I’m wrong, but most people that say they are Christians don’t have a deep connecting love for Jesus like we should. I for one have been guilty of that at times. As I sit here this morning I begin to think of my life compared to Pauls life. This guy was radically changed by Jesus. I was radically changed by Jesus. He tells anyone and everyone about Jesus. I don’t tell anyone and everyone about Jesus. He has been beaten because of his faith. I haven’t even been made fun of for my faith in a long time. He ends up in prison because of his faith. I have never even been to county jail. Here’s my point. If I have been radically changed by Jesus then I need to live like it. Where is my passion for Jesus? Where is your passion for Jesus? What would happen if we were beaten and thrown in jail for our faith? Could we handle the chains or would we denounce the name of Jesus? Are we willing to die for the one that died for us?

We live in a time where it’s time for us to get over our fears and dominate this land for the sake of Christ. Each day our freedoms seem to be taken away slowly but surely. I believe a day is coming where we will experience prison because of our faith. What will you do? Give in to the world to avoid prison? Or go to prison singing “Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me?” I for one want to be the one singing worship songs from my jail cell and preaching the Gospel like in Acts 17. Evaluate your life. Where are you? Be a world shaker, change the world, build the Kingdom regardless of what lies ahead so you can say yes..I can handle the chains.

With Love,


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