No Shame

When Paul was imprisoned in Rome, he lived with the elevating guarantee that he would never ultimately be put to shame (Philippians 1:20). He had to mean ultimately because at the time he wrote it, he was enduring considerable shame. Being a Christian has never received high levels of respect in the eyes of the world. The Apostles lived with that and encouraged the church to see it from God’s perspective, “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name” (1 Peter 4:16). Bearing the name of Christ means shame on earth. So freedom from shame is not the result of circumstances changing; but redefining existing circumstances in light of eternity. There is no logical alternative. Let’s be honest, given the situation Paul would be a liar or delusional to suggest his condition was anything but shameful. His point is that trial and imprisonment don’t really matter. The glory of God matters, and it is exhibited through Paul’s life or through his death. There is no shame in giving up your life for the glory of Christ.