In the second instalment of Philippians we start to dive in a bit deeper. We are challenged by the Apostle Paul who sees his suffering and imprisonment something which has helped with spreading the good news of Jesus. Does our own suffering and how we respond to it declare our belief and trust in Jesus?
Paul takes this further by reflecting on death itself that to “live is Christ and to die is gain” (vs 21). This bring a clear challenge to us about our priorities and whether we see ourselves as living sacrifices as Paul suggests in Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship”.
Mother Teresa view of sacrifice was “A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness.”
This all was brought to a conclusion in vs 27-30 with Pauls challenge to lead a life worthy of the gospel.