September 30, 2016 – Friday
1 Samuel 25:16(b) [MSG] They formed a wall around us, protecting us day and night
1 Corinthians 12:27 [MSG] You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are!
Walls surround and limit all of us. Some walls are stressful jobs. Other walls keep single parents from finding day care for their children. Still other walls keep families from finding daily care for older parents. Walls can stop lines of communication in many aspects of our lives – in a marriage or with coworkers.
And then there is me. I have physical walls around me – day and night – walls that limit me in countless ways.
Funny thing about walls; people tend to think of them as prison walls – restricting possibilities, but walls can also be like forts – protecting those on the inside.
We need to focus on walls that protect us, and this requires teamwork through the body of Christ. The stressful job is lightened with the help of coworkers. Day care might require friends from Sunday school or your church. The support of family can help keep a marriage healthy despite walls that divide a relationship.
As for me, the body of Christ is found in those who visit or write me, is found in brothers in the other cells, and is found in those wearing a uniform – all enable me to serve Christ in this world.
Yes, it takes the body of Christ to change prisons into forts – and that fort will protect you. It will nourish and nurture you. It will permit you to tend to the work given to you by Christ.
Today at work, start using the body of Christ to change your prisons into forts. Be part of that fort for coworkers. Be a part of that fort after work when you go home to loved-ones.
Part of God’s fort – that’s who you are!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for being mindful of me to bless me with a wall that really is my fort. A wall that helps me carry out Your will daily. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Atmore, Alabama USA