Pastor Chris finishes out our 8 part Philippians series with the final verses from Paul’s letter to Philipi. The Apostle Paul in his closing shares words of thankfulness, rejoicing, encouragement and the ultimate reason that he does what he does. Paul shares his gratitude for the financial gift that the church in Philipi sent to him in prison. We find out that this letter is Paul’s response to their impromptu generosity. In other words, he is so thankful for them and that the Philippians church is the only church to have financially supported Paul ever.
Paul tells the church that he has been able to be content no matter the circumstances. “I’ve 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.” (Philippians 4:11-12) Do we have this contentment? Above all, Paul continues on, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
This is really the heart of Paul’s letter. Therefore, no matter what happens in life, are we content because we have Jesus? Continuing to go back and striving to have the eternal or heavenly perspective. That in times when life is hard, focus on Jesus. He is all that we need. God knows what is going on. In other words, Jesus is right there with us and as Paul reassures, giving us everything that we need. Not all that we want. But moreover, what we truly need. And in the times when life is great, are we content, not wanting more, because we have Jesus in the good times.
Rejoice in the Lord. Again I say, rejoice!
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