Paul wrote the message above while in prison. In his ministry he ventured into “squalid and polluted” territories to spread the Good News about Christianity. While locked up, he sent other apostles to keep the momentum going and to baptize and encourage the new Christians to go out into the community to show the others what it means to live a good life.
The world recently witnessed the executions of journalists working in the Middle East by Islamic militants. So far in 2014, twelve journalists have been killed in Iraq and Syria. All of these writing warriors had a choice to go into corrupted and war-filled countries. Stories are told of their “passion” to report the news–the reverse of Paul who went to tell the good news.
In verse 15, Paul says, “Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God.” Perhaps the fallen reporters felt called to a type of ministry in which they could give the people a glimpse of hope. In doing so, they died as Paul did–a martyr.
Dear God, help us bring a glimpse of hope to all living in unfavorable conditions. Amen.