The book of Philippians shows how living as a Christian means seeing your own story as a living expression of Jesus' story. Knowing Jesus is a deeply personal and transformative encounter.
We are to imitate his way of life. Even in our suffering, we can be content as we follow Jesus' ways and draw closer to him.
While our true citizenship is in heaven, we can enjoy a close connection to Jesus and an awareness of his love and presence now that gives us hope in the darkest of circumstances.