Paul did not flinch from persecution or trial in his passion to proclaim Christ. He was bold and wise. He was willing even to go to Rome for the name of Jesus, knowing that persecution and possibly death awaited him.
Persecution is a distinct possibility for every disciple of Jesus Christ who proclaims Him and tries to do good to honour Christ. “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Have you thought about being persecuted for the name of Christ? It may be just someone’s critical remark, maybe the loss of a job or worse! What should you do? Should you keep quiet about Jesus among your friends, acquaintances and at work? Obviously not! Jesus commands us to even proclaim Him even from the rooftops (Matthew 10:27).
We should arm ourselves with the readiness to witness and speak about Jesus no matter what the cost. If we keep quiet about Jesus on earth we may have temporary peace here on earth, but face eternal shame. Jesus said, “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26)
Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
Every Christian who is a bold witness for Jesus can be assured of eternal “blessing” and “reward” from Christ and with Christ. This wonderful future is what motivated the apostle Paul in the present.