|I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have leaned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. –Philippians 4:11-13|
When I typed these verses, I quietly said to myself, I want to be able to honestly speak this way about my life. Paul had being through it all; he had been to the high point of his life, when many would have considered him successful, but he gave all of that up to serve Christ and become an apostle and he ended with nothing, materially. This reminds me of Christ, who also had to give up everything and become nothing, taking the nature of a servant, and becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross!
I’m sure that both of these men faced temptations. They were tempted to curse the day they were born because of everything they went through. They were probably tempted to question why God would let all of those things happen to them, if they were doing his will, but they didn’t. Jesus found his strength and contentment in the knowledge and belief that he was doing the will of his father. He had faith that God would not put more on him than he could bear, so he lived his entire life on earth with that mindset. Similarly, Paul also knew that he was doing the will of Christ. He had a deep personal sense for living for Christ and this helped him to find contentment in all situations. He, in fact, found strength in knowing that he was living in and for Christ.
Do you want to be able to say the same about yourself? Then allow the notion of living for Christ to be you driving force in your life. Believe in all situations that God will not put more on you than you can bear. Believe that Christ allows you to encounter different situations for a reason. Have faith that the Holy Spirit that lives in you will always steer you in the right direction through all of your hardships. If you can honestly believe and accept these things for yourself, then you will be able to find contentment in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. You will be able to say without any doubt whatsoever that “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME!”
Stay blessed and spread the word.