In today’s devotion from “Our Daily Bread” the reading was from Philippians 1:12-22
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. it is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, bot others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!
The devotion was good, but it was the scripture passage (which not coincidentally, but definitely from God, came up in two different devotions that I read this morning) that kept my captive this morning and spoke to my heart of hearts. This past few weeks at church our pastor has been on a Study Break and we have had guest speakers coming in each Sunday. They are all independant of one another and aren’t working on a series or anything like that, yet the message that I have gotten from 3 of the past 4 weeks has been to be strong and courageous and to not let life or circumstances stand in my way of being bold in my faith and sharing with others the Gospel message. Is God calling me to shout it from the street corners or to go to Africa and walk from village to village? No, but He IS reminding me (once again, thank you Lord for your patience with this hard headed girl!) that I am to shine HIS light EVERYWHERE and in EVERY circumstance and when His light is shining through me, others will see it and want to know what it is that is different about me. And that will open the conversation up for me to be able to share not only the Gospel, but HIS Gospel story in my own life, my own testimony.
Father God, thank you for Your word, and the reminders that I get each morning to live my life for you. I thank you for yesterday’s message that reminded me that growth can not come without tension and that I need to go to a place in my life where I am uncomfortable. And that it’s not a weekly worship, it’s a daily walk. I am so blessed to be reminded of YOUR faithfulness to me in such rich ways each and every day, Lord I pray that today in my life here at home that I can bring your glory! I pray that my walk with you brings you glory, and that Your light will shine brightly through me today.
In Jesus’ precious and Holy name,