In this passage, Paul rejoices, though he is in prison. He proclaims that, whatever the motive people have for proclaiming Christ, He is still being proclaimed. And Paul rejoices in this. His “distress” has advanced the cause of Christ. Instead of complaining and lamenting his imprisonment, he sees it as a tool that will bring attention to Christ. Celebrities have a saying: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Any publicity, negative or positive, brings attention to the celebrity and makes him even more famous. This is Paul’s attitude towards this negative position he finds himself in. Though he is suffering, Christ is still in the spotlight. And to Paul this is all that matters.
And we pray:
Lord, let me be like Paul. Through my trials, let me point the light, not at myself, but towards You. Let every thing I do bring You glory, that Your name will be proclaimed in all situations. Amen.