Proclamation Matters

By Pastor Kevin
The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Philippians 1:17-18a

Often suffering brings clarity. Many of the things on which we focus our time and attention end up being frivolous and a waste of our life energy.
Paul, as he sits in prison, is not unaware of the conflicts around his apostleship and leadership in the Church, but he has clarity regarding what matters. What matters most is that the good news about who Jesus is and what he accomplished is shared. He is eager that it be preached and proclaimed in as many places and to as many people as possible.
Despite the rejection and infighting of other preachers, he is rejoicing in prison because of the communication of God's truth. He brings clarity to those who are defending him, namely that the most important thing is being accomplished. Christ is preached.
This is a calling and privilege for all of us. Let’s prayerfully ask for opportunities to proclaim what matters most, Christ died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!

Dear Lord,
Help us to have the clarity of what matters most and to live urgent lives of proclamation. Help us to communicate, in a variety of ways and at the times you have prepared, our great joy in the gospel. Help us to be ready to point to you in all circumstances. We ask that many would respond to your forgiveness and welcome into God’s family. We pray these things asking for your help through Jesus and with the Holy Spirit, One God over all, Amen

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