Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
(Colossians 4:2-4 (NIV))
Paul’s words made me pause and reflect for a moment, especially the last sentence.
Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
(Colossians 4:4 (NIV))
It was Paul’s desire to proclaim the Gospel. It was his desire to be understood. It was his desire to see people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus. Because of this, Paul felt that he had to do what he was doing. Based on his own words, it was not something that he did because he simply wanted to. It was not something that he did because he had nothing better to do. It was something that he felt compelled to do. In the eyes of Jewish society, he walked away from so much. He walked away from a life that every Jewish person dreamed of having.
Do you walk away from something that society says is good because you want to? Would you walk away from a life of elevated status because you had nothing better to do? If you are like me, the only time that I would walk away from a life of prestige and elevated status is if something happened inside of me that made me see life in a completely different way.
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
(Acts 9:1-9 (NIV))
Saul had that experience. It changed him so much that God changed his name to reflect that change. When we encounter Jesus, we should expect a life changing experience. We should pray for a life changing experience. We should come away with a burning desire to proclaim the mystery of Christ, and proclaim it clearly, as we should.
Why should we have a desire to proclaim Jesus?
It is simply a matter of gratitude.
Think back on the most amazing gift that you have ever received. Maybe it was when you were a child. Maybe it was when you got married. Maybe it was a gift from a relative that you loved dearly. What did you do when you received that gift? Did you keep quiet? I honestly don’t think that anyone actually did that. In all likelihood, you told everybody about the gift that you received.
Now, think about the amazing gift that Jesus gave to you – the gift of salvation. Do you feel that same sense of gratitude for this gift that you did for your earthly gift? We should proclaim the mystery of Christ out of a deeply felt gratitude. We should proclaim it to all that we see.
It is all a matter of gratitude. How do you proclaim what you feel?