Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

Greg smiling

Paul a man well acquainted with prisons , so He  draws an analogy between His relationship with The Lord Jesus and being a prisoner in a prison. From experience Paul knew when He was in prison He was no longer His own man. His wants,  desires and wishes were left at the prison gate. Being a prisoner, Paul was under the absolute control of the prison master. His time was no longer His to do as He pleases. Prisoners were kept shackled and were at the mercy of the prison masters. This give us a good picture of how Paul looked at His relationship with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Kind of puts us to shame, or does it? We are no longer our own man, if by God’s grace we walk according to the spirit, that we now have the power to do. If your wants and desires are God’s will for you then scripture comes into play, (Psalms 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.)  We can be under absolute control of our master, if we are following the spirit and not the flesh. God knows were have to work, yet even in work God’s time should be our time. ( 1Corinthians 10:31  So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. this includes your job, school and at Wal-Mart. We need to keep ourselves shackled to The Lord Jesus Christ, and not the things of the world that can so easily beset us. You have to be shackled to the Lord Jesus Christ or you will be shackled to something else. Paul wants the best for us, so He urges us to walk worthy of our calling, lets  willing prisoners for The Lord Jesus Christ, with no parole and no condemnation.

Gregory Lane