Captive. The world associates a negative connotation with the word captive. In the eyes of the world, captive is a feeling of imprisonment, chains, and censorship. To the world, faith is a hope in the here and now and immediate gratification. But to the believer, captive is a term that should be used to embody every circumstance as an opportunity to share the Gospel, the source of our faith.
If I’m being honest, it’s often times much easier to clothe myself in the world’s view than that of the Gospel. When I don’t get the promotion at work, I say how unfair it is and that clearly I deserved the promotion more than anyone else. When my spouse and I are in the midst of a struggle in our marriage, I throw up my hands and think to myself is it even worth trying anymore? So what does it take, as believers, for the mud to be removed from our eyes and focus our sights on Jesus in the midst of these trials and tribulations? It requires the Holy Spirit to change our mindset. When our mindset is changed, we see that the truth of the Gospel frees us from centering our hope on the things of this world and enables us to for Gospel advancement.
It is when we focus our eyes on Jesus that we see:
God is our stronghold.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
God is our Everything.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
God’s grace is enough.
2 Corinthians 2:19-20
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
– Amanda Hanie (a daughter of the King, a wife, and a mom.)
What circumstances have you used as an opportunity to share the Gospel?
What holds you back from using EVERY circumstance as an opportunity to share the Gospel?