19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death (Philippians 1).
Paul’s main concern in his imprisonment had nothing to do with personal health and safety or even survival. His confidence in“deliverance” had nothing to do with being set free from his prison bonds. His “earnest expectation and hope” had nothing to do with escaping Rome in one piece. No, it was none of these. The only thing that mattered to him was that Christ would “be exalted in [his] body” — period, end of story.
He was confident that Christ would be exalted in his body whether that body was set free — or became headless. For, with Christ as his head, it was all the same to him. What if we all had this same attitude? What if the only thing we really cared about was Christ being exalted in our bodies, whether they be alive or dead?
Lord, help us This Day to make our lives truly a life or death matter. Amen.