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Friday, March 8, 2019

Life Is All About Relationships

In review of Philippians 4:12-13 it says, “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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (NIV).

Today’s passage is from Philippians 4:12-13. In it Paul explains how he has learned to live on almost nothing or with everything. He learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For He can do everything through Christ, who gives him strength.

Paul was content because he could see life from God's point of view. He focused on what he was supposed to do, not what he felt he should have. Paul had his priorities straight, and he was grateful for everything God had given him. What I’m learning is that often the desire for more or better possessions is really a longing to fill an empty place in life. True contentment will lie in my perspective, priorities and source of power. The power we receive in union with Christ is sufficient to do his will and to face the challenges that arise from my commitment to doing it.

Contentment does not come naturally. By nature, I’m a restless sheep. Yet I can learn contentment. Learning contentment means I stop incessantly grabbing for more.

Philippians 4:12-13 says, “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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (NIV).

In reality, the greatest things in life aren’t things. Nobody ever asks for things in the final moments of life. They always ask for people, because eventually everybody learns that life is all about relationships. Why not learn that sooner? It sure would relieve a lot of stress.

Life is not about achievements or accomplishments. Life is about relationships.

Bottom Line:
Contentment comes from a relationship with Jesus.

What this means to me:
Contentment lies in my relationship with Jesus, who helps to shape my perspective, priorities, and my source of power.

This morning Father I pray that you will once again give me wisdom and guidance in handling my day, tasks, leadership and interactions with others. I ask this through your Son Jesus name, amen!

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