Philippians 1:12–18 (ESV)
The Advance of the Gospel
12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the
rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The
former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Paul gives thanks for being in prison to help further the gospel. What’s your excuse? Wow! What a cold reality. But we are called to proclaim
the gospel. There are two things I see going on in this passage. First, Paul is not letting anything stop him from spreading the gospel. Second, he is doing it out of love… not because he is supposed too. He wants to spread the
gospel because he wants people to be saved.
I pray: O Lord, renew a right spirit in me and restore the joy of thy salvation. Help me
to have the heart of Paul. Amen.