Paul’s remarkable prayer for the Philippians overflows with gospel truth. The good news about Jesus has brought tremendous joy to Paul, not only because the Philippians have partnered with him in the work of the gospel, but also because he is confident that God will continue His work of salvation in their lives. The church is supposed to be a thankful community that is confident in God’s ongoing work in and through us. Like Paul, we should celebrate the partnership we have with one another in the gospel mission. God’s work in advancing the gospel is not hindered by Paul’s imprisonment. Rather, God is actually using Paul’s suffering to advance the gospel and His glory. Paul’s persecution has actually spurred others to proclaim the gospel more boldly. Like Paul, our confidence and joy in the gospel must never be overwhelmed by trials. The suffering we face brings us into profound closeness with the One who suffered mightily for our sake. This should cause us to speak the Good News without fear.
Questions for further thought:
1. When was the last time you saw your suffering as an opportunity to spread the Good News of Jesus?
2. How do you believe you can be a used as a conduit for the Gospel today?
Challenge: Suffering does not hinder the work of God’s Kingdom. Pray for those you know who are in a season of suffering. Ask God to comfort them and to use their trial for the glorious purposes of His Kingdom.
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