“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
Philippians 4:13 is a verse that I’m sure a lot of us are familiar with. I memorized this verse years ago because I was taught that it was a verse to use to motivate me to achieve my goals and to never give up because I have the power of Christ in me which gives me strength to achieve. But, as I grew older, I learned there was a lot more meaning to that verse that I didn’t realize.
Philippians 4:13 is one of the most misused verses in all of Scripture. We use it to motivate ourselves to keep working and striving to achieve our goals despite any obstacles we may face. However, that was not the original intention of Paul who wrote the verse.
The verses before verse 13 give us insight into Paul’s original intention. Paul wanted the Philippian church to understand how he learned to be content no matter what circumstances he found himself in. The secret to being content is knowing that Christ is all we need. We can do all things, meaning we can face anything life throws our way, as long as Christ is all we need. When Christ means that much to us, we can be content whether we have everything or nothing.
Question: Are you content no matter what?
Challenge: Ask Jesus to be everything to you.
Prayer: Lord, may we find our strength to be content only through you.
Ryan Reveley, Chapel Leader -- Lowell Spinners