Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 1, 2021

Beyond Prison Walls

“…the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” Colossians 1:26-29 (NIV)


I have lived in the United States for a little over three decades. In the first several years after I first made the U.S. my home, I longed for letters from home. They not only kept me close to my dear ones, but they also allowed for an exchange of encouragement and words of wisdom, especially those I received from my beloved dad. Dad always had something to say that was like healing balm soothing my homesick heart. His words to me were always those that uplifted me, encouraged me, and spurred me on, inciting me to believe in my potential and telling me that I could be someone who made my new home a better place for all who lived there, being God’s hands and feet to them.


Like Dad, the apostle Paul could not be at all the different locations where he had people he cared about; therefore, he would write letters to those communities to preach, teach, and warn them, so that they would grow in their faith in God. Whenever Paul heard of trouble in the churches, he would immediately write them a letter with advice and encouragement to spur them on. Many of those letters were written in prison.


Paul saw the church as an extension of Christ and he strived to take good care of it, even when he was geographically far, which is exactly how Daddy treated me. No matter how far I was from him, Daddy always made me feel like he was right there, nurturing me and helping me to see what could one day become reality if I did not give up. We all need people in our lives who help us to be more like Christ, so that we can help others stay the course and never cease to believe so they can receive the riches of His glory.


“Dear Lord: Thank You for giving us people in our lives who spur us on and encourage us to stay the course even when we question ourselves.”

For His Glory
Luska Natali
TRBC Women’s Life

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