Good morning all,
The word of the day is "trundle.” So many times today we believe that we have life pretty tough. I am not saying this is not the case, but we must take things and put them in perspective. The apostle Paul lived his life not knowing what would happen from one day to the next. He was always up against some kind of opposition. He did not have to deal with all of this in his life. When he chose to follow Christ he pretty much gave up his standing in the community for reasons of the gospel. The best part about all of this is that he did not expect anybody to feel sorry for him. He knew that the advancement of the gospel was the most important aspect of his life. In this passage today, we see Paul in chains still rejoicing, knowing that the gospel was continuing in this advancement.
“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.”
My question is: when considering the advancement of the gospel, where is that on your priority list? I know that there are a ton of things that pull at your time. Whether it is school, work, family, sports, or other commitments that cause you to stress out, where does advancing the Gospel fall within your set of important stuff? My prayer is that you continue to evaluate and reevaluate the importance of advancing God's gospel, not just for the long haul of your life but in the short term as well. The advancement of the Gospel will trundle, or roll on, with or without us. I only hope that each of us can be a part of the Lord’s work in doing so.
Praying for you,