Most of the brothers in the Lord have gained confidence from my imprisonment and dare even more to speak the message fearlessly.Philippians 1:14(HCSB)
God uses the most absurd equipment and seemingly inappropriate circumstances as the catalyst to spread the gospel of Christ in the most unexpected places.
Just as He used David's sling, Gideon's pots, Balaam's donkey and the staff of Moses.. God used the chains that bound Paul and his imprisonment in Rome, as the most effective tool to spread the good news of the death and resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ, to many Roman guards - and Paul's witness even invaded the household of Caesar himself.
God is able to open prison doors as well as men's hearts - when a man or woman is ready and willing to be a prisoner in chains for Jesus Christ and become a living sacrifice - ready and willing to witness to the truth of the gospel of God.
One benefit of the various imprisonments to which Paul was subjected were the number and variety of people with whom he was able to share the good news of salvation - and of course the various “prison' epistles he wrote during his detentions, are profitable for our own instruction; reproof; doctrine; correction; discipline; godly obedience and training in righteousness.
But one amazing and exciting by-products of Paul's imprisonment was the effect that it had on most of his Christian brothers and sisters. Rather then causing them to become fearful and faint-hearted, they gathered courage and began to speak out boldly about their faith in Christ.. and they started to be increasingly confident, as they fearlessly and confidently shared the message of God's grace.
We live in increasingly dangerous and distressing times and none of us know what tomorrow may bring in our home or in our country, but never forget that God is in ultimate control and can use the most absurd equipment and seemingly inappropriate circumstances as the catalyst to spread the gospel of Christ in the most unexpected places. Let us be ready and willing to be a prisoner in chains for Christ and become a living sacrifice - to the glory of God the Father.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the wonderful witness we have in Paul and for the many instances where You took simple people; absurd equipment and seemingly inappropriate circumstances to forward Your plans and purposes. Fulfil Your will in my life I pray.. and may I be a willing witness in whatever circumstances I may find myself - this I ask in Jesus name. AMEN.