Thursday August 2, 2018
12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.
Paul is such a stud! Some people believe he wrote Philippians while in prison. I love him because of the positive outlook he has on his situation. The man is in prison for Pete’s sake and what he says is profound, “… everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.” (v. 12) If I was in prison all I would be worried about is when the heck am I getting out and if they serve peanut butter sandwiches.
This is what we call a kingdom mindset. No matter what circumstance Paul is in, we find him always concerned with spreading the Gospel. What an encouragement to us all. I find myself worried about my career, what shoes I should wear, and etc, when none of it really matters. Having a kingdom mindset helps us put on a different lens for the life we are living.
The tough part of a Kingdom mindset is that it does not start with “I”. It starts with Jesus. We have to be able to lay down our life, our time, our money, and pick up the cross daily. This is not easy, but man is it worth it. A Kingdom mindset can give us such peace in our lives and take away so many worries. I think you should give it a try.
Just try it for a day. Think about the God’s Kingdom in every situation possible. When you wake up think, “Wow! Thank you Jesus for waking me up! You didn’t have to do that, so lets make today count!” When you run into a person you don’t like, “Jesus this is your son/daughter, how can I love them right now?”
There are so many opportunities out there in our lives. We just need to start looking for them. It all starts with a kingdom mindset.
“Thoughts become actions, actions become habits, habits become our character, and our character becomes our destiny.”
Do I have a Kingdom mindset?
If not, how can I begin to have a Kingdom mindset?”
Dear Lord, thank you for examples like Paul who love and serve you regardless of circumstance. May we begin to shine this light in our own lives. Amen
Have a great day!