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King Herod … had James, the brother of John, put to death by the sword. – Acts 12:1b-2a

James was one of the three (Peter, James, John) disciples in Jesus’ inner circle, but shortly after the work began he was eliminated, having made little known impact. The Letter of James in the Bible is thought to be from Jesus’ brother, not John’s

Jesus had to know this ahead of time, so why invest the time in the disciple James?

I think this points to the fact there is a bigger picture to our purpose than what we can accomplish in this life. We have eternity to serve Christ.

Jesus said to them, You can be sure that when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne in the New Age, then you twelve followers of mine will also sit on thrones, to rule the twelve tribes of Israel. – Matthew 19:28

They had a bigger purpose, and so do we.

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? … we shall judge angels” – 1st Corinthians 6:2-3

Prayer:Thank you, Jesus, for showing me my purpose is more than what I can accomplish for you here. Help me to live with the bigger picture in mind.

Sound Bite: I have a bigger purpose than right here right now.


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“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” – Ephesians 4:1 (KJV)

Pauls viewpoint on imprisonment is particuarly interesting.

He had been in Jerusalem when 1Peter was miraculously released by an angel and saw, firsthand, God’s freeing power. Paul, therefore, considered himself a prisoner not of the particular municipality owning the chains, but a prisoner of the Lord. He continued to write and preach like always, focused on Christ not his chains figuring God would either use him where he was or set him free. This was not a desperate man2.

Jesus is a kind captor.

When I feel a prisoner of circumstances, or face what seems unchanging problems, it is not my circumstances holding me, it is Jesus. 3Nothing is impossible with God. He is working his character in me and at the 4right time the circumstances will change. He shall get glory from where I am, like I am, and/or place me where I need to be.

Sound Bite: Jesus is a kind captor.

– fritz

1 – Acts 12
2 – Acts 24:26
3 – Luke 1:37, Matthew 17:20
4 – Hebrews 4:16

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