Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:27)
Throughout life you and I will encounter various kinds of problems that have the potential to throw us off course. Paul was in such a situation. He had been arrested for preaching the gospel and there was the possibility that he might executed. Yet Paul did not let his problems discourage him. ‘Whatever happens…’ Paul said, ‘…we should always stay true to the gospel of Christ.’ Consider some of the secrets that enabled Paul to keep this kind of positive perspective.
Paul Knew That Problems Provide Opportunities to Share the Gospel
Philippians 1:12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
I have read that Paul was chained to a Roman guard 24 hours a day. Though many might view this as an inconvenience, Paul viewed it as an opportunity. No doubt we will meet Roman soldiers in heaven one day – all because Paul kept the right perspective of his problems.
Paul Knew That Problems Often Produce the Kind of Prayer That Causes God to Move
Philippians 1:19 For I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
James tells us that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16) Paul knew that his imprisonment would cause his friends to pray more fervently and that the result of their fervent prayers would be the movement of God.
Paul Knew That Regardless of What Happens – the Believer Always Wins!
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
There was no way Paul could lose. If he remained here on earth, he would continue to preach the gospel. And if he died, he would immediately go home to be with the Lord. Either way he would win!
“For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)