15 “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” Philippians 1:15-18
Paul in in prison and this is causing other Christians to become more bold about sharing the Gospel (yay!). Some Christian’s are trying to make his life easier while others are trying to make his life harder (not yay). Yet Paul’s response always blows me away, “…Whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” All he cares about is the Gospel and God’s glory not whether people follow him or love him. This really isn’t natural. What an evidence of the Spirit’s grace poured out in a sinner’s heart.
“Not unto me, but to your own name be glory.”