Thursday, December 6 Philippians 1:12-18 Chuck Foust
12 Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that the things that have happened to me have actually advanced the gospel. 13 The whole Praetorian Guard and everyone else knows that I’m in prison for Christ. 14 Most of the brothers and sisters have had more confidence through the Lord to speak the word boldly and bravely because of my jail time. 15 Some certainly preach Christ with jealous and competitive motives, but others preach with good motives. 16 They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; 17 the others preach Christ because of their selfish ambition. They are insincere, hoping to cause me more pain while I’m in prison.18 What do I think about this? Just this: since Christ is proclaimed in every possible way, whether from dishonest or true motives, I’m glad and I’ll continue to be glad.
The Advance of the Gospel
Paul was in prison, the church was missing a strong leader and the void was quickly filled by Paul’s brothers in Christ. Some were taking up the slack with pure motives and some saw opportunities for selfish advancement. The decision had been made to either adopt God’s purpose or pursue their own. At the same time Paul was in custody somewhere in route to Rome and strangely enough making the same decision. Paul knew that some were preaching Christ out of envy and rivalry, so he had a decision to make as well, to lash out and rebuke or to embrace God’s grand plan and rejoice. His proclamation that “Christ is proclaimed and in that I rejoice” was, and is a “life hack” to focus on the good when you have the opportunity.
Prayer: For the imprisoned.