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2 Timothy 2:8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, 9 for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained.
This last sentence grabs me this morning, “But the word of God is not chained”. The apostle Paul suffered imprisonment on more than one occasion, as did other apostles, but he never stopped preaching and teaching the good news of Jesus Christ. Even after he was put to death in Rome the message lived on via Paul’s disciples. And their disciples. And every generation of believers to this very day.
“But the word of God is not chained.”
This morning I’m thinking of all the people suffering along the gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. The images are heartbreaking. Along with homes and places of business flooded as a result of hurricane Harvey, there are many church buildings which are damaged or completely destroyed. Untold numbers of Christians may be without a houses of worship for some time.
But the buildings are not the church.
Like the word of God which is not chained, the church of Jesus Christ cannot be contained in four walls. The church is embodied in flesh and blood of believers who are giving of their time, their efforts, their money, their prayers for the sake of the victims of Harvey. Many church buildings may be out of commission for a time, but the church is alive and well on the gulf coast. Believe that.
Lord Jesus, this morning we pray for the thousands, if not millions of people adversely affected by hurricane Harvey. We ask you to give them a special measure of your grace to endure a terribly difficult time. Speak to us your people, the church. Encourage us to do what we can to demonstrate the power of the word of God, which is not chained. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.