A popular Greek phrase used by the Romans: “Life is good.” Paul turned that around and said, “Life is Christ.”
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
When Christ is your life, you will possess courage, selflessness, and influence. Kent Brantly exemplified these characteristics in Liberia when dealing with ebola.
Paul was confident that he would be delivered by God. He knew “through your prayers” and “provision of the Spirit.”
Philippians 1:19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
There is strength in prayers. He had courage from the prayers that were happening on his behalf.
Remember the three Hebrew men who were standing before the king of Babylon? They told the king, “We know our God is able to save us from this fiery furnace… But even if He does not…”
Paul gauged success in ministry differently than we do. If he continued [through the suffering for the furthering of the gospel (Philippians 1:12)], it would mean “fruitful labor” — helping others grow spiritually.
In this world, people are fighting for their little piece of the pie.
Grow in joy in the faith — even as you suffer.
God can use our ministry to help the world see the heart of Jesus.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”