Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel
12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[b] 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[c] and
to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
There is a sermon in this short section. We often get caught up in the poor pitiful me’s when things don’t go our way. Paul has been in prison. How would you respond? Would you be full of
the poor pitiful me’s? I think I would for a little bit. But somewhere I think I would shift over to Paul’s thinking. I would hope that I could say “that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.”
I hope that the Lord would use me, even while in prison. In fact, I’m not in prison… so what holding me or you back? There are some in prison that I’m proud to say that they are making use of their time and telling others about
I pray: O Lord, help me to be joyous in all situations. Help me to take advantage of times when I can share the Gospel…, and forgive me when I fail. Amen.