Imprisoned or Free… Living for Christ
While Paul is imprisoned he writes an impassioned plea to his beloved brothers and sisters in Philippi.
He says that while dying would be most beneficial for him it was more needful for them that he remains alive; and that remaining alive, for him, is Christ (Philippians 1:21–24). He desires that they too live their lives together as it “becomes the gospel of Christ” and that they “stand fast in one spirit” and strive together with “one mind” for “the faith of the gospel” (1:27).
What does that life look like?
- It suggests humbling ourselves and having the mind of Christ (2:2–8).
- It indicates being obedient and working out our own salvation (2:12).
- It points to doing all things without griping or com-plaining (2:14).
- It implies rejoicing (3:1; 4:4).
- It signifies never giving up (3:13–14; 4:1).
- It means being thankful and thinking on the things that come from above (4:6–8).
What does continuing to live here on earth mean to you? Would you consider death to be gain? These two questions are inseparable. Be faithful.