What Is The Reality of The Gospel? (Part 6): Your Options

Posted on April 4, 2022

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What Is The Reality of The Gospel? (Part 6): Your Options

I want you to know, dear ones, what has happened to me has not hindered, but helped my ministry of preaching the gospel, causing it to expand and spread to many people. For now the elite Roman guards and government officials overseeing my imprisonment have plainly recognized that I am here because of my love for the Anointed One. And what I’m going through has actually caused many believers to become even more courageous in the Lord and to be bold and passionate to preach the Word of God, all because of my chains. It’s true that there are some who preach Christ out of competition and controversy, for they are jealous over the way God has used me. Many others have purer motives—they preach with grace and love filling their hearts, because they know I’ve been destined for the purpose of defending the revelation of God. Those who preach Christ with ambition and competition are insincere—they just want to add to the hardships of my imprisonment. Yet in spite of all of this I am overjoyed! For what does it matter as long as Christ is being preached? If they preach him with mixed motives or with genuine love, the message of Christ is still being preached. And I will continue to rejoice because I know that the lavish supply of the Spirit of Jesus, the Anointed One, and your intercession for me will bring about my deliverance. No matter what, I will continue to hope and passionately cling to Christ, so that he will be openly revealed through me before everyone’s eyes. So I will not be ashamed!  In my life or in my death, Christ will be magnified in me. My true life is the Anointed One, and dying means gaining more of him. So here’s my dilemma: Each day I live means bearing more fruit in my ministry; yet I fervently long to be liberated from this body and joined fully to Christ. That would suit me fine, but the greatest advantage to you would be that I remain alive. So you can see why I’m torn between the two—I don’t know which I prefer. Philippians 1:12-22 (TPT)


I would plead with you to carefully digest this piece of scripture that put in view how to despise the shame of the cross! As was recorded for the Lord in Hebrews 12:1, Paul didn’t let that shame that came from the cross (his being in prison) become so important that he failed to do what God wanted him to do. In fact, the word despise is the Greek Word kataphreneo – phreneo means mind or think, kata means down, or low, or in this case, lightly. To “kataphreneo” something means to think lightly of something, to not let it become more important than it should be; not to let it become such a focus that it stops you from accomplishing the goal. These perspectives come out so clearly that every worker in the field must internalize it.

Consider from the point of view of the Lord as described,

  1. the goal of finishing the work God had sent Him to do.
  2. the joy that would come from pleasing the Father
  3. dying on the cross and
  4. experiencing the shame that came from such a death on such an instrument of shame.

the issue was what weight was He going to assign each of these four points.

Hebrews 12:2 says, for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross, by despising the shame. He thought lightly of the shame. He didn’t let the shame stop Him from embracing the cross. Dear brother whatever caused you to think twice concerning what God called you to or think of committing suicide because you did not see results, please think again. What result were you looking for? The glamour of fame, money and power associated with what you see around you? Think again!

Neither the Lord nor Paul let the shame stop them from embracing the cross. Going back to our text above, the only fruit Paul spoke to was “No matter what, I will continue to hope and passionately cling to Christ, so that he will be openly revealed through me before everyone’s eyes. So I will not be ashamed! In my life or in my death, Christ will be magnified in me. My true life is the Anointed One, and dying means gaining more of him. So here’s my dilemma: Each day I live means bearing more fruit in my ministry.

The only fruit are those won to Christ not wealth or big auditoriums nor popularity of ministry. And even for fruit, the Lord in John 4:36,37 makes it clear that you may sow, and not be the one to reap; but in His wisdom, He will reward both the sower and the reaper.

Everyone who reaps these souls for eternal life will receive a reward. Both those who plant spiritual seeds and those who reap the spiritual harvest will celebrate together with great joy! And this confirms the saying, ‘One sows the seed and another reaps the harvest.’ I have sent you out to harvest a field that you haven’t planted, where many others have labored long and hard before you. And now you are privileged to profit from their labors and reap the harvest. John 4:36-38 (TPT)

So, where is the justification for giving up or drawing back? I would draw your attention to your options as outlined in our second text, Hebrews 12:12-13

So be made strong even in your weakness by lifting up your tired hands in prayer and worship. And strengthen your weak knees, for as you keep walking forward on God’s paths all your stumbling ways will be divinely healed!Hebrews 12:12-13 (TPT)

Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. – Hebrews 12:12-13 (KJV)

Please press on lifting the tired hands in prayer and worship, keep walking because you will be divinely healed. The alternative is not a choice, why will you be turned away when you can be healed. The grace of the Lord be with you. Shalom.

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