Today’s Reading: Acts 22:17-23:10
Can you imagine being jailed for the cause of Christ? What would you be thinking as you sat there? What would be your attitude?
We don’t have to wonder how it was for Paul. For the majority of the rest of the book of Acts, he was a prisoner, and during this time he wrote several books of the Bible, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God. We call them the ‘prison epistles’ because of this.
Let me show you some of the statements he made from jail. Ephes. 4:1 – “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord…”That’s how he viewed himself. Not a prisoner of the state. He considered himself a prisoner for the cause of Christ, and counted it a privilege!
Ephes. 6:20 – For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
An ambassador is a representative from a foreign land, and Paul considered himself a missionary to the other prisoners during this time, as well as those he could write letters to. Could he have possibly known as he wrote those letters that they would be read by so many, including us? What a jail ministry was conducted by a man IN jail!
Philip. 1:12-13 – But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;  So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
Paul was guarded by the infamous Praetorian Guard, the special forces, the elite soldiers who guarded Caesar himself. The average Christian could never have gotten close enough to witness to these, so God did what He had to in order to get His voice heard there.
God gives each of us “in roads” to share the gospel, if we’ll recognize them. Next time you are placed in circumstances that weren’t your first choice…look for a door of opportunity to be opened by God…He has a reason for everything, even your Dr’s appt. running an hour late, your plane being delayed, your septic tank needing to be pumped, or the teachers going on strike.