If you’re like me, you often look back and see the Lord’s hand in your life. We see that God opened and closed doors for us. We see and find all the great things that God has done for us in our lives.
After reading this chapter and knowing Paul is writing this from prison, I wonder why he’s rejoicing. But Paul had a heavenly outlook. He saw the lives that needed God’s grace. Notice what he says, all that I’ve gone though was for the furtherance of the Gospel. I would have said all that I have gone through made me a more faithful and stronger person. That’s possibly true but for Paul it was about sharing the gospel.
You might be in a situation where work is not fun. It’s a pain but you need to eat, so you go. Take the mind of Christ and see it as an opportunity to further the gospel. Maybe you or a loved one might be sick. Use this opportunity for the furtherance of the gospel. Whatever situation you are in, use it as an opportunity to share the gospel. If you weren’t there, you wouldn’t have this great opportunity.