October 13 A Captive Audience

All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.

Philippians 4:22

Not all suffering is physical. Sometimes we go through emotional and mental suffering. Paul was a prisoner in Rome when he wrote to the Philippians. His ministry had been greatly curtailed; nevertheless, he told the Philippians that his imprisonment had actually aided the furtherance of the gospel. Being chained to Roman soldiers, he had the opportunity to win them to the Lord (v. 13).

There was a revival of sorts taking place in Caesar’s palace, which evidently led to the salvation of some, as today’s verse indicates. The soldiers didn’t know who they had on their hands: they believed they had a prisoner, but in reality they had a self–appointed evangelist to whom they were a captive audience! What a model of rejoicing in the midst of a potentially frustrating and discouraging situation![1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 310). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

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