[The gospel] “For which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ with eternal glory.” – 2nd Timothy 1:9-10
What are my chains? In what ways am I held back, maybe in ways I don’t have the power to fix. My health is a chain for me, my finances, student loans, my anxiety and fears – all of these things are chains that hold me back from the Lord and what He has for me to do. Or, at least, they try. The wonderful thing is that I am living by the power of faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20) which means that the work I do for the Lord, no matter my chains, will never be chained! The power of the gospel is working through what I do for the lord, so that nothing can hold it back or make it useless.
One of the things that blows my mind is that the power of God to work through me, isn’t just at work in my labor for His glory, but also in my mistakes. Because God is also redeemer, He takes my failures and my shame and makes it a tool for eternal glory. And because of this, “therefore I endure all things.” What a better hope for me to endure than the Lord taking everything I do, good or bad, and using it in power to bring salvation to people. Using my wise choices and my failures for eternal glory – what a motive to press on.