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12 Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that the things that have happened to me have actually advanced the gospel. 13 The whole Praetorian Guard and everyone else knows that I’m in prison for Christ. 14 Most of the brothers and sisters have had more confidence through the Lord to speak the word boldly and bravely because of my jail time. 15 Some certainly preach Christ with jealous and competitive motives, but others preach with good motives. 16 They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; 17 the others preach Christ because of their selfish ambition. They are insincere, hoping to cause me more pain while I’m in prison.
18 What do I think about this? Just this: since Christ is proclaimed in every possible way, whether from dishonest or true motives, I’m glad and I’ll continue to be glad.
10 The righteousness that I have comes from knowing Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the participation in his sufferings. It includes being conformed to his death 11 so that I may perhaps reach the goal of the resurrection of the dead.
12 It’s not that I have already reached this goal or have already been perfected, but I pursue it, so that I may grab hold of it because Christ grabbed hold of me for just this purpose. 13 Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. 14 The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.
“Some preached Christ to cause Paul more pain in prison” (cf. 2 Corinthians 10:10)? Scholar William Barclay said, “Others were moved by what Paul calls eritheia…. which originally simply meant working for pay. But the man who works solely for pay… is out solely to benefit himself…. there were those who preached the harder now that Paul was in prison, for his imprisonment seemed to present them with a heaven-sent opportunity to advance their own influence and prestige and lessen his.” *
Lord of my life, let me hear and respond to your calling voice above all others. Give me the courage and the hunger to pursue your high calling wherever it leads me. Amen.
I’m certified in my current profession of Human Resources, but my degree is actually in gerontology (aging population). When people find out about my background, they generally have a comment that starts with, “Old people are so…” Often it finishes with words like “sweet” or “wise.” On rare occasions, you’ll hear “grumpy.” But for the most part, people seemed to have an elevated view of what it means to be in your 80’s or 90’s. It’s as if the gift of kindness and sound judgment, is something that is wrapped up in a package for your 80th birthday. “Grandma, we were going to give you that toaster that you wanted, but here’s a gentle spirit instead. We hope you like it!”
But here’s the thing: old people are… people. It’s the same with young people and middle-aged people. Some are kind, some are jerks, some are fools, and so on. There is no magic switch that flips one day to make a selfish person gracious or turn an idiot into a sage. It is something for which you must consciously strive. If you know a “sweet, old lady,” she probably worked hard to get that way, mastering the ability to hold her tongue or seeing the perspective of others. If your grandfather was wise, he made the choice to learn from his mistakes rather than let them define his character.
Each day, we choose the direction of our future – no matter our current age. We have to ask ourselves what we want for our lives in the days, years, and decades to come. As those who adore and have the utmost respect for Jesus, shouldn’t we want our lives to look more like his?
And I’m confident that Jesus wants our lives to look more like his too. He desires for us to know what it means to be more forgiving, generous, righteous, and pure. With his help, through prayer, study, worship, and the encouragement of others, we can become more and more like him each day. Life will continue to hand us opportunities and challenges that give us a chance to choose how to respond. Some will be large while others will be small and daily. We decide how those might shape us to be more like Christ. While we may not be perfect on this earth, it would be great if our lives were molded over the years in way that tells others that when it comes to old Christians… well, they look a lot like Jesus.
* William Barclay, The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians (Revised Edition). Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1975, p.24.
** Wright, N.T., Paul for Everyone, The Prison Letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon (The New Testament for Everyone) (p. 90). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.
*** William Barclay, The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians (Revised Edition). Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1975, p. 67.