A PRISONER OF THIS WORLD OR OF GOD?
One day, God put it on my heart to bring some Warrior Mom t-shirts, tote-bags and books to the local Christian radio station. The station was in Atlanta so it would be a drive with quite a bit of traffic involved.
“And wear your pink-camo,”God added.
“What?” I asked emphatically. “Why wear all the pink camo? It’s not a speaking engagement,” I added.
God didn’t speak again, but I knew I heard Him correctly. I knew I better wear the entire pink-camo uniform with my boots and all. I felt silly though because I wasn’t even invited to the radio station. I was simply dropping off some give-aways for them because God directed me to do so (in my pink camo suit). I knew I was going to feel like a crazy lady. More accurately, I knew people would think I was a crazy lady which would cause me to be tempted to feel like one. Ugh, what a wretched soul I was.
At every red-light on the way there, I got stares, especially from truckers. They could see right down on me. Some honked. One guy held out both of his arms with his palms facing up as if to say, “What are you doing?” I smiled and waved at him.
I drove passed a bright orange “County Prisoners” bus that was on the side of the road. All the prisoners were doing yard work and picking up trash.
It was then that I was thankful that I was not a county prisoner picking up trash on the side of the road. Then, God spoke again, “Kristina, you can either be a prisoner of this world or a prisoner of My peace.”
All the blood in my veins seemed to surge with warmth as I received God’s words. I was reminded of Paul talking about being a prisoner of Christ. I realized that we truly are either a slave to sin or a slave to God.
Needless to say, I had a blast the rest of the day. I had a thankful heart. I even stopped at the bank on the way home. Many people came up to me that day who otherwise would not have. They asked me who I was and what I was doing wearing pink-camo. I met a lot of veterans who told me what war they fought in. I met a lot of fellow-Christians, and I made a few friends. By the time I got home I was kinda sad to take the pink-camo off. When I laid my head down that night, I reflected back on the awesome day. I learned that the only way to cure embarrassment is through pure obedience to the Holy Spirit.
Oh, how God blesses your obedience, my fellow-Warrior. Be obedient today and wait expectantly for all the blood in your veins to warm up through the power of His love and His presence as He works through you.
Eph 3:1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
Eph 3:2Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,
Eph 3:3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
Kristina Seymour loves to encourage and equip women through the Word and through community. She is the author of The Warrior Mom Handbook, The Warrior Mom Leadership Manual, and The Warrior Wife Handbook; they are available at Amazon.com. Kristina's Bible studies are for women who desire to live by faith in the midst of their everyday lives. She has learned that women can't survive on caffeine and animal crackers alone; women in the Word and in community are united and able to stand firm. To learn more about Kristina, please visit her recently founded Share & Company Publishing House http://seymourkristina.wix.