”Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else” Philippians 1:12-13
The Golden Globes were on last night and my cousin posted to Facebook: How many actors gave God the glory for their success? I was thinking about that and decided to ask, “What circumstances in my life are turning out for the greater progress of the gospel?” So many of us pray for God’s will for our life, but we get discouraged when the circumstances in our life don’t line up to what we think it should look like.
You might live in a questionable neighborhood, have a job where you’re mocked for your faith, or suffering illness in spite of your walk with Jesus. It may feel like God’s abandoned you. And maybe, God’s setting up your life, to do something greater than you could ever imagine.
When Paul set out on his mission, I’m sure he didn’t imagine his ministry taking place in a Roman prison chained to a guard. He was probably planning it taking place in a town square, preaching to eager listeners, welcomed into homes for a meal and a cozy place to lay his head. And I’m sure those happened. But when he was thrown into prison, was when Paul experienced Christ the greatest.
Because Paul kept preaching the gospel, even from prison, he gave other Christians great boldness to take their faith to the next level. You may not think about it, but other Christians see what you’re going through. When they see you being faithful during tough times, it encourages them. Hallelujah!
Only because Paul was chained to a guard was he able to share the gospel with this man who wouldn’t have had a chance to hear it otherwise. And because Paul was brought before the courts, the gospel was made known throughout the Roman Empire.
Because of the grace of God, a situation that looked very dire, turned out for the greater glory of God. It’s during trials that we experience God in a greater way. It’s when we experience His greatest grace. What grace is Christ inviting you to participate in this week to show His glory through your life?