November 23, 2022

Taylor Christensen
"I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear."
Philippians 1:12-14

Despite every reason to give in or give up, I’m amazed that Paul not only kept his faith in the midst of imprisonment, but Paul actually advanced the Kingdom throughout his entire experience. He saw his experience through an eternal lens…choosing to go out sharing the Gospel to all who could listen, even if it was literally the last thing he did. What’s neat is that while sharing the good news wasn’t new for Paul, it was in one of his lowest moments that those around him saw firsthand the power of his hope, the power of his confidence.

Even if we don’t have all the theological answers to the world’s toughest questions, we can share our story and our hope. Verse 14 shows how Paul’s testimony was contagious…leading others to grow in their boldness, sharing the Word without fear. May that be true of us in the midst of all our circumstances…the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Lord, help me be more like Paul. Please grow my confidence in You and the promises You have for me, and may I be a contagious encouragement to those seeking the truth of Your Word.