Acts 28:20&30 NIV
20 For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.”
30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!
There is a wonderful paradox at play in this final chapter of Acts – Paul is under house arrest, and yet at the same time Luke can say that he preaches without hindrance. There is a liberating freedom that comes from being a citizen of the Kingdom of God which means that the usual things that hold us back from being the people we’re meant to and doing the things we’re called to do no longer constrain us in the same way.
Father, help us to see beyond the chains that hold us back living as your children and fulfilling the mission you give us, and instead find the liberation that comes from knowing that we are loved and accepted and be free in the Spirit.