10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Are you content with what you have? Or do you need more? In a society that tells us that we need the newest IPhone, the best vehicle possible, or a certain type of shoes, are you content?
You may feel happy right now but if you spend 10 minutes watching TV or surfing social media, you will quickly find out that you are not happy. You don’t have the latest greatest gadget. One of your friends got something new and now suddenly what you have doesn’t seem as good. Why were they able to get this and not me?
Paul here tells us that he is “content whatever the circumstances.” Content no matter what happens or doesn’t happen. Does this describe you? Are you content no matter the situation or are you constantly wanting more?
You see this constantly wanting of more will actually leave us with less, feeling empty, and longing for completeness in something that will never satisfy. It will leave us feeling like we’ve accomplished something when in fact all we will have done is collect empty trophies as monuments to ourselves. The seeking of more will ultimately lead to our destruction and downfall.
Paul tells us that he is content all the time because of the what he has already gone through in his life, “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.” Paul has been in all of these positions in life, to be needy, well off, hungry, full, wanting, and having it all. Paul has lived through all of this and has told us that being content does not depend on any of these things, it simply depends on our relationship with God.
So are you content or are you constantly wanting more? If you are wanting more, I would challenge you to think about where that leads you in life and what it would take for you to be content in life. What does it take to make you content?
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