From Shame to Glory

Shame is not an option for Christians in the final analysis. That behind us, Paul moves on from shame to the honor of Christ (Philippians 1:20). There is even a pronoun change. He says Christ will be honored, not “I will honor Christ”. Christ is the focus, not Paul. It’s not about his ability to glorify, but Christ’s worthiness to be glorified. Paul is the instrument of praise. If every minister had this attitude, churches would be very different. It was for the glory of Christ that Paul was content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities (2 Corinthians 12:10). This is where his courage comes from. He has boldness to honor Christ ‘in his body’ no matter what. His body is just a tool that serves the tradesman (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). In fact, he can sit in jail with full courage that no matter what happens, Christ will be honored in his body. Christ is honored if Paul is released from prison, but on the other hand, he may be killed. Either way his flesh successfully accomplishes God’s goal. It takes divine perspective to see success in human failure (Hebrews 11:36-38; 1 Corinthians 4:11-13).