Philippians 1:3-6 (NKJV)
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Apostle Paul was writing to those he loved from a prison of uncertainty, yet he did not let his surrounding change his mind about his God. Prison became a place of ministry; chains became a place of evangelism, where prisoners were transformed and jailers converted.
Why? Paul did not let the bad things of life spoil the mission of Christ he had been called to. In truth it was a place where he would see the benefit of the bad for the furtherance of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul was not about his ministry, but the mission of Christ, which he had been called to fulfill. Ministry or mission, the great commission is to seek those who are lost, to introduce them to a real and living Jesus. Paul did not live in regret or rejection even while in prison or even facing death. Either he was crazy or he really did believe no matter what he faced Jesus and the Holy Spirit were going to see him through. Paul was confident of his God! In fact he said I am confident in this one thing, He who has began a good work will be faithful to complete it…even unto death. The apostle Paul trusted his God not his surroundings.
We should desire this kind of faith. No matter the circumstance, the rejection, or persecution; we will not let go of God and His promises to us. For this one thing we truly can be confident in, HE is faithful!
I thank God for each of you. I pray you will be called to something bigger than a ministry, for ministries come and go, but the great commission in Christ Jesus will live on until the Day of His return. Transform your life into His mission for His glory and the expanding of the Kingdom of God. Is what you’re doing for Christ today have eternal value?
Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NLT)