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Have you ever felt “boxed in?” This phrase is used to describe the feeling of being limited by something or someone. It communicates the frustration someone experiences because of real or perceived restrictions.
If anyone ever had the right to feel “boxed in” by life’s circumstances it was Paul, the apostle. His passion was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. He loved encouraging Christian believers and helping churches grow. However, many times this energetic, highly committed man found himself in a literal “box,” a prison cell, for doing the things he loved so much and was called by God to do.
Although Paul was frequently “boxed in” as a prisoner, he was never “boxed in” spiritually and emotionally. Look at his words from a Roman prison recorded in Philippians 1:18-21 (NIV) “…Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Doesn’t sound like a “boxed in” man, does it? No, although he was a prisoner, in his heart, he was free!
What has “boxed you in?” Is it fear, disappointment, grief, regret, pain, bitterness, jealousy, hopelessness? Make the decision to live as Paul lived. Don’t let these things “box you in!” Unbox yourself today!