I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Eating the Fruit of Their Choice
Today, an individual may select from over 200 cable channels, 255 ways to order a Big Mac, 19,000 possible combinations for coffee at Starbucks, almost 79,000 combinations of ice cream and toppings at Cold Stone Creamery, and more than 500,000 mathematical possibilities for pizza in America.
Some choices bring more significant consequences than others. Far more important than the options for a Big Mac is this choice:
Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.—Proverbs 1:29–31