Philippians 4:22 (NIV)
22 All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
How was it that Paul could rejoice in his prison cell with such regularity? What were his days like in prison? We get a good glimpse of this in acts 28. Acts 28:28-31 (NIV)
28 “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!” 29 30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 Boldly and without hindrance, he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
While Paul waited to have an audience with Ceasar in Rome he was in a rented house for two years. While he waited he did not waste his time, he set about sharing Christ with anyone who would make their way to his house. He had a guard with him at all times that made sure he would not run away. Every day for two years God sent people to his house to have him share the Gospel with. Read carefully what he writes to the Philippians church here.
“Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles and they will listen!.”
Paul saw it with his own eyes, many Gentiles came to Christ in Rome while he waited. In fact, the gospel even penetrated those in Ceasar’s own household. Think of it, while Paul was in Rome under house arrest he set about making Christ known to everyone who came to him. God had unbelieving guards chained to Paul for two years. What would it have been like for those Roman guards to have been with Paul all that time? Life changing!
The chains that Paul wore were not a set back for him rather they were a great challenge for him to use to make Christ known. He lived like a free man in chains while the guards were free men but not really. Paul had more joy than any guard that was chained to him. The guards saw that and some of them came to faith. When the guards came to faith they went back to Ceasar’s house and began to publish abroad about this prisoner named Paul who served them and prayed for them and cared for them. No other prisoner in Rome did that for the guards, but there was something different about this man and they could see it was Jesus.
Who do you work around that needs Jesus? Have you believed the lie that they are not interested in Jesus? Paul echoes across the centuries, “The Gentiles will listen!”
If the gospel can penetrate Ceasar’s palace in Rome it can certainly do that with many of your coworkers. Time to give it a try.
God give us open hearts and open doors so the gospel can advance through our lives this day,