So far through our devotionals, you should know of at least four books in the Bible that were written by Apostle Paul: I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, and Ephesians. Today we are going to add one more book to that list as we continue to dive into the scriptures, and that book is Philippians. This brings us to our key text coming out of Philippians 1:12 — 14 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all the other places; 14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Paul is sharing with his readers the power that lies within remaining strong in faith even when we are persecuted for our belief in Christ. At this time in the scriptures, Apostle Paul is in prison for his work in the ministry. He calls us first to realize that when we are persecuted for standing firmly on our faith, it serves in the furtherance of God’s kingdom. When other people see that the relationship we have with Jesus is so strong that we are willing to take a punch for Him, they catch a glimpse of the greatness of the Lord. Think about it this way. When a person throws themselves into harm’s way for another person — a mother for a child, for example — you know that a special bond or relationship is there. This is the message we send to others when we stand for Christ even in the face of adversity. “Wow, if these people are willing to suffer social persecution for God, He must really be great and worth serving.”
Secondly, standing for Christ in the face of adversity gives our fellow believers the strength to also be bold for Christ. We set an example for others to not be ashamed but boldly proclaim the goodness of the Lord. Because believers compose the body of Christ, a sort of ripple effect spreads throughout the body at large. With the more of us who take on that attitude, the stronger the body of Christ becomes as a whole and the greater the force we can have in this world.
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