When I think of the life of Paul, many amazing and miraculous things come to mind. Any study that I have done on Paul’s life always leaves me feeling humbled, thankful, and in awe.
At the beginning of Paul’s journey, He lived a life that was devoted to persecuting Christians. God appeared to him while he was walking down the street one day and completely changed his world (Acts 9:1-18). After this encounter with Jesus, Paul wholeheartedly devoted the rest of his life to spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth. Just like Paul, one encounter with Jesus will leave us marked for forever, too.
In the book of Philippians, Paul writes to the Christians of Philippi from a Roman prison. One thing that really stands out to me about Paul in the book of Philippians, is his complete commitment to the gospel, and his joy and peace in every situation.
“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.”
This verse is such an amazing look into Paul’s commitment to living his life for The Lord.
I am not sure about you but contentment does not come naturally to me. My natural reaction in most situations is to always want more. If I made more money than things would be easier, or I just need XYZ to be happy.
I’m sure we have all been there, but how often do we take a step back and thank God for what we DO have? Praising him when we are in both plenty or want!
Lord THANK YOU sending your son to be a sacrifice for our sins, THANK YOU that I get to experience your love and grace, THANK YOU for providing just what I need, and THANK YOU for being enough.
Paul’s story always leaves me feeling humbled, thankful, and in awe. Paul spent his life devoted to spreading the gospel, not out of obligation or guilt, but out of his own want and desire to do God’s will.
PURE. HOLY. SACRIFCE.
Are you willing to be content in any and every season and situation, no matter if you are in wealth or need, plenty or want?