Philippians 1:12-21 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel...
think about it.
How does Paul view his time in prison (1:12-14)? What does Paul believe prayer will help accomplish (1:19)? What is his expectation and hope (1:20-21)? How do you have an "eager expectation" when you pray?
You know the saying that people are either half full or half empty? Well, Paul is definitely in the half full category and then some. Even when he's in a bad place, like prison here in Philippians, his focus is on God and the good that he can accomplish and do for God through it all. Thus, his words in verse 12 "I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. . ."
Paul's words caused me to think about how a number of hard circumstances in my life (my husband's cancer and my mom's last two months in a hospice facility) provided my husband and me with many opportunities to share the gospel. Neither were situations we would intentionally seek out or ask for, but in hindsight we're thankful for how we were able to share our faith in Christ as a result.
So what's your experience been with sharing your faith in tough times? How will you draw on Paul's example to help you advance Christ the next time you find yourself in a less than optimal situation? Tami W.
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