What happens to us in our lives often is not as important as our response to what happens to us. Life is full of highs and lows it is full of trials and tribulation. It has moments that are treasures and others that are grievous. In those times, we are watched by family, friends and the world at large. Paul was clearly being watched. He lived each day chained between two guards. Blind, persecuted and waiting to die—Paul spent his days rejoicing and leading the palace guard to a relationship with God. Paul knew his response was under the scrutiny of many that wanted Christianity to fade away. He knew he had an impact—simply by staying focused upon the mission.
We have the same duty—Our current culture is always looking for ways to marginalize Christianity—anti church legislation, media trashing, high profile leaders falling in sin all are ammunition for the world to use against the Lord and his church—We therefore, must be a positive force for the cause. So what happens to us can further the cause of Christ. Not the events, but the response to the events. If we conduct our daily lives in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel we preach, then the world will be unable to destroy our mission and we will have the peace of knowing we are furthering the cause of Christ. Like Joshua said in Joshua 24:15—“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
God Bless You
And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters,[c] that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including the whole palace guard,[d] knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers[e] here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message[f] without fear.
15 It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.