“And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.” Ephesians 6:19-20 NLT
Paul was sitting in prison as he writes these words. His incarceration was because of his faith in Jesus Christ. Even in the midst of circumstances such as that, he still remained focused on his God given calling. His call was to carry the "Good News" (gospel) to Jew and the Gentile (pagan) people. While under such harsh conditions Paul was more concerned about getting the Word to lost and dying humanity. His request wasn't for him to get out of prison but, rather, prayer that God would give Him opportunity to share Jesus Christ and His grace to the world. Paul was sold out to Christ. He wasn't a fair weather Christian that made the priority of his prayers to be his personal comfort and convenience. Today we have a tremendous amount of church going "Christians" that are more concerned about what God can do for them rather than what God can do through them. This should make us do an introspective analysis of our commitment to Christ. Are we just trying to get "fire insurance" from hell or are we genuinely in a loving, committed relationship with the Savior of the world. It isn't enough to be associated with Him. We must be transformed by His power and grace! When we are transformed by Him, we will be captured by the necessity to get this message to the world at all costs.
Rev. Curtis Norris