Updated: May 5
What has gotten you through a really tough time? Was it family, friends, your dog, alcohol, maybe ice cream and pizza?
In the first chapter of Philippians Paul expresses a lot of love to the church in Philippi, unlike his other letters that have more rebuking and correcting. All the while Paul is sitting in jail.
"3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy."
In reading the first few verses, I see that Paul isn't quickly crying out to his people to get him out of jail or who's paying for the lawyer, but he's feeding his thoughts with the love for those who love Jesus. He is keeping his mind focused on what and who is important.
Put yourself in Paul's position for a minute.
You've just been put in jail.
What are your first thoughts?
Honestly. It's okay if love and gratitude don't come first.. or second lol.
Who would you reach out to?
Who do you think would first show up to see you?
What message would you have for them when you finally get ahold of someone?
Believing God has placed him right where he is for a reason, Paul is making the most out of the situation by talking to others about the gospel. I mean, what else you gonna say about why you got locked up, keep it real!
Where does God have you planted right now?
Have you ever really considered why God has allowed certain things to take place that now have you where you are, whether that be place of work, neighborhood you live in, family you're part of? Is it somewhere you don't want to be or surrounded by people that have no interest in God?
Does a person come to mind that you think God has you there specifically for them to hear the gospel? Call them, take them out for lunch or coffee, take advantage of having your paths cross for the moment.
Ponder on the word's of Paul in verse 21. Remember, guy is in jail for telling people about a free gift that God has given people. Think about what was Paul thinking about that he would say these words.
"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."