One aspect of the Gospel that never fails to challenge is that God so often works, not through our strength or impressiveness, but through our weakness and sufferings. In fact throughout the whole Bible, you don’t have to go far to see that this rings true in God’s dealing with people. Our sufferings in God’s eyes are actually an opportunity for the Gospel. This is certainly true of Paul as he sees the positive impact for the Gospel, both on outsiders and those inside the church in Rome, of his own imprisonment and trials. It’s often through our trials and sufferings that we depend on God more, cry out to him acknowledging our brokenness, and seek to walk more closely with him.

How has God worked in the past and how is God working now through difficult circumstances? How has God used your suffering to draw you closer to him and also allow others to see and hear about your faith in Jesus? Why not read Philippians 1:12-26 before Sunday…