Do your circumstances dictate whether or not you are willing to share your faith?
Financial difficulties, health issues, death of a loved one, natural disasters, marriage problems…many reasons…too many to name…
In a moment our circumstances can change. You could be driving down the road, feeling all is well with the world one minute and then get hit by a truck the next. It’s possible to be cleaning your house, singing praises to God, wondering what to make for dinner and then get the phone call that will throw your world into disarray. You might be imagining the boss has called you into his office for a raise and be given a pink slip instead.
In a moment, life can change.
How will you respond? At times we are knocked down with such violence it takes a while to get back on our feet. But once you’ve had a chance to breathe, what will you do? What will you say?
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, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. ~Phillipians 1:12-14
Can your circumstances turn out for the greater progress of the gospel?
At times I feel my body is my prison. At times I wonder if we’ll ever get past our current storm. At times I consider walking away from it all. But then I go to the scriptures and I am reminded again, it can be done. I can persevere through the One who endured to the end of His life and afterwards became the first fruit of the harvest.
But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again…there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised. ~1Corinthians 15:20,23
Each Friday I will be posting on the week’s discussion from the book of Philippians at Philter 48. You can check out the other posts by clicking the link provided.