Most people do things out of love, others for money, fame and other various reasons. However, Paul in Philippians 1:15-18 tells us the truth about why some people preach. Some of those reasons are jealousy, rivalry, and selfish ambition; today it’s also because of greed and pride, which leads to covetousness.
While some see the fringe benefits that salvation brings both heavenly and earthly. But as Paul says, no matter the reason, he is satisfied that Christ is preached. However, most people preach because of the earthly blessings which ends up leading them astray, failing to realize what the heavenly blessings and promises are.
Disappointments and problems, trials and tribulations is what strengthens the Christians faith, hope and trust in God because it is only then that God can show Himself mighty. It is such a pleasure and a blessing when He shows up and rescues us out of our dilemmas. God is trying to tell us that, like Paul, no matter what state we find ourselves we should be content and use it as an opportunity to share the gospel, which allows others to see the God in you.
While pain and suffering leads some people to God, it can turn others from God. Unfortunately those who turn from God will never experience all the joys that salvation brings and His perfect peace that surpasses all understanding. Paul’s example to us today is that no matter what, be faithful and fearless believers in Christ and preach Jesus in any opportunity that arises in any situation.
Paul celebrated and spoke about Christ in everything and in every way. That’s why in Philippians 1:21 he boldly says, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” This signifies that it is a pleasure to die because, you will be with Jesus in the presence of God singing holy, holy, holy Lord God almighty. There will be no more earthly contaminants to pollute your mind and system, like sickness and diseases, and above all we will live forever with the Lord.
We must do as Romans 12:1-2 says, “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” We should do this to the point that we are not ashamed, rather bold so that Christ will be magnified through you and God our Father be glorified.
Is everything that you do glorifying God, our Father?
Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:5).
Adversity often pushes us into our divine destiny.
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All glory, honor, praise and thanks go to God for using me to deliver this message. I pray that He will give all who read this message the spiritual gifts necessary to comprehend and act upon His word. I exercise my power and authority in the name of Jesus to bind every tactic of the enemy that will try to stop, hinder, or prevent this word from reaching its intended people. I ask the Lord to loose the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly angels to secure this word so that it reaches its intended people, according to Matthew 16:19 and Luke 10:19 in the Omnipotent name of Jesus, Amen.
Scripture reference Philippians 1:12-22.