“Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received.”
Before we begin, I would like to define the word prisoner and clarify what it means to be a “prisoner in the Lord.” Prisoner: a person captured. After Jesus died on the cross, he renewed the covenant between man and God that we broke: he redeemed us to himself. He captured our hearts and our souls so that we might remain in him and have eternal life. He wants to keep us with him: he wants to protect us. So when we are a prisoner of Jesus, we are captured and protected by him from any harm that may come our way.
Now, what does it mean to live?
To live: remain alive; make one's home in a particular place or with a particular person.
As believers, we are called to remain alive in our walk with the Lord: to make our home with Him. He is our refuge - our safe place. To live is to die to ourselves daily and live boldly in the presence of our Savior. Because Jesus died and rose from the dead and is now alive, so have we and we can rejoice in the fact that we will remain alive in Christ forever.
I have to admit, living worthy of the call isn’t easy. What’s easy is giving up. What’s easy is giving in to my weaknesses, knowing and understanding that I would be giving the devil an easy win. But what’s amazing is that I can boast in my weaknesses because I know that God is my strength. He is my strength when I feel like giving up. He is my strength when I don’t want to call and set up my next support meeting. He is my strength when I don’t feel like praying or spending time with Him. He is my strength when I don’t feel worthy and I begin to doubt that I will be fully supported - that I am worthy of my wage.
God. Is. My. Strength.
“But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.”
Not only should I, as a Christian, live worthy of the calling that I have received as one, but I should also live worthy of the calling I have received as a missionary. This means being bold in my asks and being confident that God has called me into such a journey - into such a privilege.
In all types of seasons there is a promise of more, more renewal for those who wait on Him.
As I continue to wait and be patient with the Lord, I know that He will fulfill His promise and provide all that I need to do His work. I take pride in the fact that I am a prisoner in the Lord because He has captured me and He will never let me go.