Faith that has to be Enriched
St. Andrews MTC, NY
13. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
In recent years, the highlighted verse of this passage has become very popular. We use it all the time, and we hear celebrities quoting this verse everywhere. But, what does it really mean? We know Paul was imprisoned during this time when he wrote this letter. Being chained to a guard, day and night, must have been difficult, much less imprisoned. In what context was Paul using this verse when he wrote this letter to the Philippians?
At its core, the imprisoned Paul had received a gift and he wrote a ‘thank you’ note in return. He accepted the Philippians’ gift because they gave it willingly and because he was in need. He says he has learned to be content whatever the circumstances (verse 10). Are we content in any circumstances we face? Paul knew how to be satisfied whether he had plenty or whether he was in need. Paul was content because he saw his life from God’s point of view. He focused on what he was supposed to do, he had his priorities straight.
The crux of this passage comes from Paul claiming that he can do everything through Christ who gives him strength. Paul gains his strength from the faith he has in Christ Jesus. As we continue along this path of faith, we will encounter troubles and trials of many kinds. Ultimately, it comes down to what we do when we are faced with these troubles.
By trusting in Christ, our attitudes can change to accepting His will and plan for our lives to live for Him.
Father God, we thank You for another day that You’ve given to us. Help us to understand what it means to have our faith enriched in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:Contentment is not having all that you want. True contentment is wanting only what you have.