This is a wonderful and powerful passage of scripture that is quoted often and committed to memory by Christians everywhere.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (ASV)
I was reading this morning in my devotions and realized though this passage was so very powerful and inspiring, it is but a part of a greater message of seeing that Christ is sufficient for ALL our needs! Stepping back one verse this becomes more clear.
I know what it's like not to have what I need. I also know what it's like to have more than I need. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough. I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13 (NIRV)
Most of us find ourselves often running short of resources. We find ourselves trying to figure out how to make do with what we have available at the time. For some the very thought of next month, or next year presents a somewhat terrifying set of prospects in the light of present challenges. We ‘know what it’s like not to have what’ we need to do the tasks ahead.
Then there are periods where we have an abundance of resources and attempt to preserve them or share them with others so as not to have them go unused. Paul talks about something here that bridges these conditions we encounter and all the points in-between. ‘Contentment’ in Christ Jesus!
Contentment is predicate to the ever popular “I can do all things though Christ” (KJV) statement in the 13th verse.
We are ‘content’ because:
For all this and more we have contentment in our circumstances. If we find ourselves with too little or too much or just enough to accomplish the things we are dealing with, we remain ‘Content in Christ’. Because of this contentment we KNOW. We absolutely know “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
For this those nonbelievers around us, we may seem a bit puzzling as we boldly serve our Lord regardless of our circumstances due to our confidence and contentment. ‘Contentment in Christ’ is yet another way our very existence serves as a witness for Jesus Christ our Lord!