FROM THE PASTOR
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the Gospel… Philippians 1:12
When Paul says “what has happened to me,” he means his imprisonment. He is in Rome, chained to a guard under house arrest, waiting for a trial to determine if the charges brought against him are enough for the death penalty. We learn from the Book of Acts that the charges of treason against Rome are false, and Paul would have been set free (maybe to be murdered, though) had he not exercised his right as a Roman citizen to appeal to Caesar. In short, it is a terrible, unfair situation without much hope.
However, Paul sees it all through a different lens. He sees opportunity. Traveling to Rome and awaiting trial is a chance to preach and teach about Jesus. “What has happened” to him may not be personally advantageous, but it is an advancement of the Gospel. Through that lens, Paul is able to have hope and peace and joy.
How about you? There are many things coming at us right now that are not personally advantageous, but with a different vision, can you see that more might be happening below the surface? What is God doing in your life and in the church to advance the Gospel?Now that’s a question for us to consider.