Scripture: verse 1
It is a consequence of this that I, Sha’ul, am a prisoner of the Messiah Yeshua on behalf of you Gentiles.
Observation: “This” refers to the second half of the previous chapter, about how Yeshua’s death makes the Gentiles welcome in the kingdom of God. God crowdsourced the kingdom of heaven, and He assigned Paul to help people get signed up.
The word that caught my attention is “prisoner.” Not worker, not employee, not even servant. Prisoner. One in chains.
The thing about being a prisoner is that there’s nothing else to do. Food and clothes are provided, your schedule is set for you, and there’s no point in worrying about impressing others because it’s not like you can date or be promoted anyway. (Well, that’s probably not as true today as it was then.) Paul set aside everything. He let God make all the decisions, and he rested in that.
Application: Not sure prison is for me, exactly 🙂 But it’s worth remembering that God is willing to handle all the hard stuff if I’m willing to obey Him.
Prayer: Father, thank you for being my warden, the one tasked with taking care of me. Help me to trust your judgement over my own. Help me to rest in the framework you’ve set up for me. Amen.