Unwieldy things. Heavy. Noisy. They don’t go with anything, yet Paul wore these less than lovely accessories for over four years. Look at the final verse of Acts:
“Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about
the Lord Jesus Christ.”(Acts 28:31)
Boldly, clinking and clanking with every step, yet without hindrance.
Are you dragging some chains? Demands at work? Demands at home? A wounded heart? How about the kids? Oh, kids wear chains too. Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can cause internal bleeding and sometimes, chains. Chains like:
Anxiety over tests and grades
Body or image issues
But look at Paul. Boldly. Without hindrance. In spite of his chains.
Paul’s God was bigger. So big, the chains were overshadowed and forgotten.
God’s bigger than our chains too. Look past the chains and focus on Him. Allow the shackles to dwindle in the light of His Presence. Be bold. All things are possible.
What chains are you dragging? Worry, pressure, hurt feelings, insecurity?
How have they hindered you? What have you been afraid to do because of ___________?
Paul is arrested in Acts 21. Skim through Acts 21-28. Look at Paul’s physical situation and contrast it to his spiritual state.
Bring your chains to Jesus and ask for help in overcoming them. Keep a journal over the next several days and weeks. Record His response.