Free yourself

James R. Neal

But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life.” Acts 5:19-20 NRSV

When we are in a jam it’s natural we turn to God for relief. Like the apostles, we want God to miraculously open our prison door (even if we’ve built the prison ourselves, brick by brick, and locked ourselves in a cell of our own making).

God will open doors, in miraculous ways. But, there’s a catch. We must submit ourselves to God’s will – we must walk through that door as willing servants of the Kingdom. And – this is the biggie – we must accept that what’s on the other side of that door may be harder than what we’re leaving behind.

The apostles weren’t freed to find safety. They were freed to preach…

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