March 31, 2019
I’m going to date myself here, but there was series of TV commercials when I was growing up for the stock brokerage firm EF Hutton that went like this. At some large dinner party, one person would quietly comment to another that his broker was EF Hutton and all conversation would fall silent. Then the voiceover would say, “When EF Hutton talks, people listen.”
Philippians 4:11 is one of those verses in the Bible that has a similar effect on me. When I hear Paul say, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content (Philippians 4:9),” I’m all ears. Who doesn’t long to be able to say this? He says it again three verses later, “I have learned the secret (4:12).” Who doesn’t want to know this secret?
The secret may be one of the verses of the Bible most frequently ripped from its context and applied as an inspirational quote on steroids: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me (4:13).” I can (dunk a basketball, become an astronaut, earn a million dollars, fill-in-the-blank) through him who strengthens me!
No. Paul meant he could be content in whatever situation in which he found himself through Christ who strengthened him. Good news. If Paul learned this, we can, too.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine inheritance now and always
Thoy and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art
Kenny Clark will be preaching this Sunday and Jeffrey Hubbard will be leading us in sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And would you read the passage for Sunday (4:10-23) ahead of time and pray for our people and all who will be visiting?
Pray that would God would help us learn this secret. Pray that He would free us from the prison of discontentment. Pray that out of a Christ-empowered contentment, the fruit of kingdom generosity would grow.
Thank you, Grace. See you Sunday. Come hungry!
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