Throughout June and July we are studying Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. Philippi was an important Roman colony north of the Aegean sea between Athens and Istanbul.
In this Sunday’s section of the letter (chapter 1:12-30) Paul debated whether it would be better for him to live or to die. This was no morbid musing filled with self-doubt and despair. This was instead a beautiful and hopeful public discussion about Paul’s view of his present and future life.
As he wrote this letter Paul was in prison because he was a Jesus follower. He knew his death was approaching, likely sooner rather than later. What would Paul do with the life God had given him and who would he trust when his life comes to an end? These are good and necessary questions for us too.