Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel,
Philippians 1:12 (NASB)
Have you ever known someone who just refuses to be knocked down by life, who just keeps going no matter what life throws at them? I am blessed to have met such people, who are believers dependent upon God in all circumstances. One sister in Christ comes to mind who has a constant battle with serious health issues, but she keeps going serving God and the Gospel regardless of her trials – she inspires me.
Serving the Gospel is a continuous theme in Paul’s letter to the Philippians; it flows like a river through good and bad times, all of which points to Christ. In Luke 21:10-13 Christ tells us of coming trials for believers, but He highlights how such trials can serve the Gospel in Verse 13 – “It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.” In Philippians we find Paul in prison, proclaiming that even his imprisonment progresses the Gospel.
Dear reader, let us look at ourselves and our circumstances (good and bad) – do we serve the Gospel in them? Is your illness or unemployment an opportunity to share the Good News? I am not asking that you consider something that I have not done myself. In all circumstances if we serve God with our little, He will increase our humble offering and bless us richly.