Chain Reaction

“Don’t get married.  Once you do, you will be chained to your partner for life.”

A phrase I have heard before using the word “chained” in a negative fashion.

For the Apostle Paul, being chained to a person or circumstance was not a pain staking experience, but an opportunity to advance God’s mission.

Notice what Paul says to his Philippian friends regarding his current persecution as a prisoner:

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. (Philippians 1:12-13)

How does Paul see his present circumstance? His example is impressive and clear:  Put the advancement of the mission of Christ at the center of all relationships, circumstances and aspirations.

What or who has God chained you to? No matter who or what it is, know that the advancement of the gospel is primary.

Scripture says, All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). We are to be ministers of reestablishing each person’s relationship with our one and only maker.

So whether you are a surgeon, financial planner, pro wrestler, or street vender you are called to first be a servant of Christ.  Your “vocation” is more or less a vehicle for something greater.  Yes, it’s important, but secondary.  It is simply a platform to spill out the love of Christ.

How do you see your profession?  The ultimate pinnacle of your existence, or a link to God’s greater purposes?

God has divinely chained you to specific people in a specific profession.  Keep the perspective and live out Paul’s words: “As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole [enter your market place] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.”


~ by Dave Smith on June 3, 2010.

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