Philippians 1:12-13 Now I want you to know and continue to rest assured, brethren, that what [has happened] to me [this imprisonment] has actually only served to advance and give a renewed impetus to the [spreading of the] good news (the Gospel). So much is this a fact that throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest [here] my imprisonment has become generally known to be in Christ [that I am a prisoner in His service and for Him]. [AMP]. Paul writes these words to the church at Philippi not laminating the fact he was be held for defending the gospel of Christ, nor his his physical freedom.
The Apostle was putting his life on display. Romans 12:2 states; Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].[AMP] We should set ourselves as examples to live by each day. Paul’s awareness of his situation was clear, but he was more determined to show the life of Christ through a living example.
A renewed mind allows people to see the Christ centered way of thinking. In 2 Pet 4:12 Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you. [AMP] Again our focus is our thought process. Allow God to transform your thinking through his word and present yourself a living sacrifice. Be reminded that Paul’s only focus was that the gospel be advanced. Your are a facilitator of the truth and you have light of the Gospel with mind set that wins.