Remember My Chains

“Remember my chains. Grace be with you.” These were the words of the Apostle Paul as he closed his letter to the Colossians while incarcerated in Rome.

Let the words, “remember my chains” resonate. They struck me with uniqueness this morning as I read them. I wondered, “What are my chains?”

The cast iron links that restricted Paul’s freedom were in place because he boldly proclaimed the gospel of Christ Jesus. So again, I ask, “What are my chains?”

If I’m honest, they include timidity, the desire to avoid awkward moments, insecurity due to lack of knowledge, and inconvenience among other reasons.

“Amazing grace,” wrote John Newton, “that saved a wretch like me.” Newton was the captain of a slave trade ship that saw all forms of inhumane treatment to living, breathing beings during transport. Upon his conversion he renounced the practice and entered ministry.

“I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind, but now I see,” he expressed because God’s grace rescued him. So today, I discard my chains and proclaim for all to read that I follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior because His grace has found me too.

Do not go “10-8” (into service) another day without confident assurance that eternal life begins now, not the day your “earth suit” quits ticking. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24).

I have no chains or excuses. May God’s grace be with you!

-Jim

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