Sharing Selfishly

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Bad Motives

The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will. … The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. (Philippians 1:15, 17)

While these people aren’t sharing Christ from good motives, Paul is happy that Christ is being proclaimed.

When I think of this, my heart is conflicted. Why be happy for wrongful proclamations of Christ?

I think the answer is that Paul knew that God would use their actions regardless of their motives. They would just not get any reward at the judgment.

This should be sobering if I don’t have pure motives when I witness what Christ has done for me. But, it should lead to joy when I do!

The next post in this series is:

Good Motives

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