12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
“The Worthy Life”
Paul is in Prison. Again. Each time, he is not sure if he will be released or executed. And even when he is free from prison, he is not free from threats to his life. But notice his perspective on the entire situation. He can see his troubles and imprisonment only through the lens of grace-fueled optimism. The gospel has become known throughout the imperial guard! Wouldn't it make sense that seeing conversions among his current captors would make Paul remember the conversion of the Philippian Jailer? Wouldn't these unlikely responses to Jesus Christ remind him of the way Lydia and the Slave Girl had come to Christ?
The Gospel not only begins to spread throughout the imperial guard, but others are encouraged to boldly proclaim the gospel all the more: "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 1:14). It is astounding to consider the level at which Paul regards his life as a sacrifice. He sees his imprisonment as the sacrifice necessary to make the rest of the brothers bold, fearless sharers of the Gospel. He sees his trials as as the sacrifice necessary to to win the lost to Christ. If it means death, he will be willing to go there to bring others home.
Paul had a view of suffering that many of lack in today's culture. How can your sufferings or dismay bring glory to God and further the advancement of the Gospel?
*These devos are taken from Matt Chandler's book, To Live is Christ To Die is Gain.