In every way . . . Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice (Philippians 1:18

"What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice." Philippians 1:18

Today I was thinking about the role I play in God's kingdom. For better or for worse its a quite limited role. It can be a struggle to think my part as valuable as those friends of mine who are really gifted in other areas.

I have a friend who is incredibly gifted as an evangelist. People come to the Lord all the time because of who he is and his God-given gift for sharing. I also like to share the gospel but it certainly doesn't seem to produce the same fruit as him. But I also have other friends are gifted in other areas.

So when I'm spending a good portion of the day studying for classes for degrees which I hope will someday qualify me to teach (in what I think is following my calling) I sometimes feel useless or wasteful of my time.

While I know this isn't the same circumstance this verse is addressing it gets me to thinking about how thankful I am for the advancement of the gospel. Christ is proclaimed. Be it today, or tomorrow, or by good people or bad. Be it by evangelists, or teachers, or prophets, or beggars, or just plain weirdos. I can rejoice because Christ is being preached.

I pray someday the education I am working towards today will help to equip the evangelists of tomorrow. I pray the gospel will be advanced through my sharing and through those around me. I genuinely hope I play exactly the role the Lord has for me in His kingdom however big or small.

But I also rejoice that whatever my role, Christ will be proclaimed. I pray it continues as such.