PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jun
18

Imprisoned yet declaring

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—[4]that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. (Colossians 4:3-4)
Observation
Paul addresses masters, the leaders or bosses to treat their slaves well. His reference to our Master in heaven offers perspective of our God, who treats us with mercy and grace. Paul is imprisoned and writes from the very life of being under “another mans’s” authority.

Here Paul displays again, his tenacious desire and heart to share the Gospel of Jesus, no matter the circumstances. He seems more concerned about presenting the Gospel with clarity and wisdom, than about his surrounding situation.
Application
I’m once again humbled - even feeling ashamed how I allow my surroundings, circumstances...even people to influence me. And this influence is not for the positive many times.

I’m praying more for God to judge vindicate me than help me to preach and live the Gospel with clarity. Shame, shame Rod! But I wont’ be condemned - just sorely convicted to rearrange my priorities, asking Jesus for help to give my hearts attention to rescuing people out of their spiritual darkness!

I may give myself to be imprisoned by my own flesh and sin nature at times - but I will be bold to pray and declare Jesus love, even in my struggles.
Prayer
Thank you for forgiving me of my weak character flaws Lord and Master Jesus! You are a merciful Master and I pray for HELP - Your help to refocus my motive, heart and ministry - to reach people utterly enslaved to their darkness, who are hell-bound. Please give me, courage, boldness and wisdom to speak Your Gospel with clarity!

Devotions for June 18

1 Kings 22
2 Chronicles 18,19
Colossians 4

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