Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
Suffering (Part 6)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Isaiah 61:1 (NKJV)
I was in prison and you came to Me... Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.
Matthew 25:36, 40 (NKJV)
Many Bible heroes were imprisoned: undeservedly chained, jailed and confined. Their suffering was more than we can know. Just imagining it is so gruesome, we quickly change the channels of our minds.
But Joseph, the much-loved son of Jacob, was sold into slavery and locked up for thirteen long years in a foreign land. Even worse, his own brothers did the deed, because they were jealous of his favor.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: the affliction of imprisonment is experienced in many ways:
1) Locked behind bars with other convicts, where innocents meet career felons and brutality is familiar.
2) Locked in poverty of mind and soul, where hopelessness is the daily fare and rising up is unfamiliar.
3) Locked up by drugs and strong addictions, where mindlessness is the feast of choice and breaking free seems impossible.
4) Voluntary lock-down in sweet dreams, where millions live vicarious lives* glued to the programs of media.
You're called to help, visit and uplift the world's prisoners, like Jesus did. This age of entertainment provides new ways of reaching those who are bound. Even so, God's calling hasn't changed. Nor has His goal of freeing captives.
To Be Continued...
* One definition of vicarious: 'felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others': http://www.dictionary.com/browse/vicarious?s=t
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.