Philippians 1:20, 21:
“… according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Like many of us Paul was in prison. He was no longer free to travel and visit churches. Confined to one place. Our prisons are prisons of a different kind, but we all have circumstances that seem to limit and hinder what we would really love to do.
How does Paul handle his difficult, disappointing circumstances? He remembers his true, number one passion: exalting, lifting up, and getting to know God’s son Jesus Christ. You can do that anywhere… In prison, in poverty, in sickness, in loneliness.
What a difference it makes when our number one passion is exalting Christ rather than a number one passion of getting out of prison (i.e. improving our circumstances).
Oh to say with Paul: “For me to live is Christ”. That is our only hope for finding the inner strength to face the realities of life. Christ as our first passion fills us with the joy of anticipation of being with Christ, “which is very much better” (Phil. 1:23).
Father, forgive me for making better circumstances my number one passion, instead of a passion to know and exalt your son Jesus Christ.