Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really 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. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. Philippians 1:12-14 (NIV)
What has happened to me so that I can advance the gospel? Where have you placed me so that I can share the good news with others? Those are questions I have not asked myself or you. Why is that? I don’t have a good answer for that question. I suspect that sharing the good news of the gospel has not been on the top of my mind, at all times. I have not been watchful. I have not been waiting. I have not been anticipating opportunities to share the good news with others. Yes, I do have regular and scheduled ministry opportunities where I have and do continually share the gospel. That’s good. But I am sure of a few things. Like what? You have prepared me to be able to share the gospel with others. You want to use me to help others to come to place their faith in you. You want me to bear fruit for your kingdom. Yes, I have prepared you to share the gospel with others. Yes, I want you to lead others to me. Yes, I want you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I have no doubt about any of what you have said to me. That’s good. I also know that you have placed me where I am. You have given me unique opportunities to be used by you. It would be a tragic mistake not to allow myself to be used by you. Why is that? Someone may have no other opportunity to come to know you unless I allow you to speak through me. You want me to be watching. You want me to be waiting. You want me to be eagerly anticipating opportunities to be used by you. You want me to courageously and fearlessly speak your words so that others will come to know you. Yes, I do. For that I am grateful. For that I am thankful.
When do you most need courage and fearlessness in proclaiming my word to others? When is it most difficult for you to share the good news of the gospel with others? That would be one on one with people I know. Do you believe that I will help you? Do you believe that I will empower you? Do you believe that I will speak through you? Yes Lord, I do. Keep watching. Be waiting. Be ready. Rely on me, I will use you. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I want to be a courageous and fearless witness for you. I want others to come to know you through the testimony of my life. Help me to boldly proclaim the Gospel to those who do not know you. Give me opportunities to bear fruit for your kingdom. Amen
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