“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.” Philippians 1:12
At one point in his ministry Paul said he needed to go to Jerusalem. Several people in the churches did not want him to go because they knew that he would most likely be thrown into prison. He was still willing to go. They were right. When he got there, Paul was taken into captivity and thrown into prison.
As he was taken, Paul appealed to his rights to stand before Cesar. The Romans were in control at that time and Cesar would be the highest authority. He is taken to Rome and put in prison there. This is where Paul is writing this letter.
He tells the people that all of this that has happened to him has actually helped spread the gospel message.
In the lives of people many negative things can happen. Vehicles break down, someone gets sick, accidents happen, jobs are lost, or many other disastrous events.
Those of the world will fall apart when these things happen. They will struggle with the why and cannot make any good come from it.
As a believer you do not have to live or believe that way. Remember that all things work together for the good of those who love God. Paul took a negative thing, being put in prison, to spread the gospel message to more people. There were new prisoners and prison guards to talk to about Jesus.
When your car breaks down and it is being towed or fixed, talk to the person about Jesus. When you are at the doctor’s office sick or injured, talk about the grace of God in your life. Use these bad situations in your life to tell someone about the love and caring of God.
No matter how bad the situation is in your life, remember that as a sinner all you deserve is death, and God has chosen to give you life instead. Let other people know about that life in Jesus. Do not look at your bad situation as a bad thing, but as an opportunity to be His witness.
I pray today that God will show you ways to be His witness; that you will see God’s hand in every situation in your life; that God will give you His boldness to tell others about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.