"Yes! I Will Rejoice!"
“Yes! I Will Rejoice!”
We are to rejoice in all things.
Yet, we are to rejoice in the Spirit.
Here is an example from Paul.
Note what the situation was.
Note his reaction.
Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;
the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;
the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
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.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
People were preaching Christ.
Some from good will.
Some from envy and strife.
Those doing so from envy and strife were doing so from selfish ambition.
They hoped to cause Paul distress.
He was imprisoned.
He could not preach Christ freely.
Rather than envy…
Rather than distress…
Rather than jealousy…
Rather than questioning motives (though he knew them and spoke of the motives)…
Rather than any fleshly response…
Paul chose to rejoice.
He declared, then he “doubled-down”.
It is as if he was speaking to himself….”Yes! I will rejoice”
He rejoiced that Christ was proclaimed.
Will we rejoice in all things?