Philippians 1:12-13 NIV 2011
Now I want you to know, brothers and sister, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
Paul wrote to encourage God’s faithful at Philippi. Paul offered assurance he would continue advancing the cause of Christ even in chains. He was arrested, put in chains and taken to prison. He was guilty of no crime but advancing the Good News. His imprisonment offered him the opportunity to share the gospel with any soldier in attendance. Because Paul was not politically dangerous, he was allowed to have his own living quarters. Acts 28:16, “When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.” Paul persisted in presenting the gospel in chains. Following Jesus pushes believers to serve with reckless abandon.
What is keeping me from serving the Lord? Thankfully, I can answer not as much as yesterday but I’m not serving enough when compared to Paul. Remembering Paul’s life keeps me grounded daily. Reading Oswald Chambers today he wrote, “Paul was not conscious of himself. He was recklessly abandoned, totally surrendered, and separated by God for one purpose— to proclaim the gospel of God.” How will I totally surrender myself to Him? Believe He’s called me to serve with reckless abandon.
Are you recklessly abandoned to God?
Surrendered to serve,