This morning's devotion immediately drew me to two places I had been studying this week.
Jesus warns us that if even he was called a worker of satan, how much more will his disciples be persecuted for following him. But, Jesus' command is (v. 28) "do not be afraid of those that kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." And his great promise is (v. 32) "whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven."
I believe it is Paul's confidence in Christ and his understanding of what suffering for Jesus' name means that he can say "because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly." (Philippians 1:14) Paul's co-laborers were encouraged not because of the chains alone, but because of Paul's response to the chains. We can rejoice in suffering when we know it is because of the name that is above every name, and that by it, the kingdom of heaven is coming down to this earth even now!