“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
Philippians 4:13 became one of my favorite verses during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. I memorized that verse and used that verse so I could have strength to accomplish what I wanted. The verse even fit well with my college baseball team’s mantra, “Adapt, improvise and overcome.” But, when I got older, God revealed something deeper found within those words that Paul wrote to the Philippian church.
Paul wrote the letter to the Philippian church while he was under house arrest. He was chained every day because he was preaching and teaching in the name of Jesus. He wrote those words in verse 13 to the church in order to encourage them. But, he didn’t want to just encourage them to overcome all their obstacles through the strength that Christ gives them. Paul’s message was much deeper and more important than that.
In Philippians 4:11-12 Paul writes, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned 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 in plenty or in want.” The secret Paul had discovered to be content no matter what was Jesus. Paul discovered that Jesus was everything he needed and could ever want. He didn’t need anything else but Christ as His Lord and Savior.
Philippians 4:13 is a great verse not because it reminds us to find strength in Christ to accomplish our goals; rather, it reminds us in whom we can truly be content.
Question: Are you content in your life because of Jesus?
Challenge: Ask Jesus to give you the strength to be content no matter what life throws at you.
Prayer: Jesus, be the source of my life and let me be content in you.
Ryan Reveley, Chapel Leader -- Lowell Spinners