You Cannot Imprison God's Word
"Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal, but God's Word is not chained." 2 Timothy 2:8-9
As far as we know, 2 Timothy was the last letter Paul ever wrote. He wanted his readers to tune into what he had to say, especially since they might never hear from him again. Some of his readers may have feared Paul's mission ended in failure since he was going to be executed. But Paul reminded them in verse 9 the Word of God cannot be imprisoned. What did he mean by that?
There is really no condition in life where we cannot be used by God. If a person is holed up in a hospital, immobilized by a serious health condition, he or she can be a light for Christ in the hospital. If someone is falsely imprisoned with no contact with the outside world (like Paul), they can share God's love right where they're at. God's Word cannot be chained.
At some point down the road, our religious freedom may get curtailed or taken from us altogether. What will be our response? "Oh woe is me, I cannot live for God because I have no liberty to do so." That would be a major cop-out. In fact, the church has always fared better following a time of persecution. That's when we dig deep and ask ourselves the tough questions, "What is life all about?" "Now what does my faith mean to me?" "Will I love God in tough times as well as good?"
Maybe you have been targeted at work for persecution or even ridicule. They ridiculed Christ and His apostles before you. They can limit some things you can do, but they cannot limit your faith and they certainly cannot limit God. Never suppose that just because you have suffered loss that your faith must suffer, too. You should look at this time as a period of growth and a time of dynamic faith. People who suffer pray more, trust more and walk closer to God. Use this time to increase your knowledge of God, trust Him, and light the world around you.
You can always be used by God. You can always hold up the light of Christ. You can always grow in your faith. Paul proved that previously in the Philippian jail (Acts 16:24-25). When he and Silas sung hymns even though they were incarcerated, they had an effect, even on the jailor who later came to Christ. We don't need perfect conditions to be effective Christians; in fact, perfect conditions often do more harm than good. Take what you have and use it to the glory of God, no matter where you are.
Posted on Mon, November 26, 2012
by Sam Petitfils