Today’s Missions Prayer Request: CPC’s Sponsored Churches. We have been a part of building 20 churches in 14 different countries, and a church+orphanage project in Tanzania! Pray that God continues to use these congregations to spread the gospel. Pray for protection over our churches/pastors in hostile areas. icm.org.
Today you should read: Philippians 4:10-23
Today’s Jumpstart happens to have one of my favorite “go to” scripture passages and no, it’s not Philippians 4:13. (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”) Instead it’s this:
19 And my God will supply EVERY NEED of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
We all feel like we can’t live without certain things — that we absolutely NEED some things — or life is just not worth living. For some, it’s their cell phone or computer. For others, it’s their boyfriend/girlfriend or marriage. Most teens think they NEED their independence or approval from a certain crowd. Adults think they NEED to keep up with the “Joneses.’” A lot of these things can be gracious gifts from God but they aren’t exactly what we NEED. That’s because, as this passage shows, all we NEED is Jesus. Because the Gospel is sufficient, Jesus is all we need in this life and the life to come. The Gospel was enough, is enough, and will be enough.
What’s great about this truth is that the first 8 verses make much more sense and seem much more possible. Look at these two tough things Paul tells us to do that are only possible through knowing that Jesus is enough:
Because Jesus is all we need… 1. We can be content in every situation
When God gives abundantly. When God takes away.
Vs. 13 has been misinterpreted and misused because it has been taken out of context and turned into this magical verse that somehow applies to everything you want but God may know that you don’t need it.
• I can win this game… with Christ who strengthens me.
• I can get that hot guy or hot girl… with Christ who strengthens me.
• I can become more popular at school or get a raise at work… with Christ who strengthens me.
• I can eat all of the junk food I want without blowing up like a whale… with Christ who strengthens me.
According to Vs. 11-12, v. 13 is having the strength to be content when you are either suffering or blessed beyond reason.
What God is really trying to say here is that Jesus is enough for you in the best of seasons and worst of seasons. You can be satisfied and strengthened in Jesus when life sucks and you can be content in humility and grace when you are in a season of blessing.
Instead of looking at Jesus as the one who can give you the strength to win that sports game or get that raise this means that He will give you the strength to be content in your worst situation.
What’s your worst situation? How can things get worse? If you know Jesus is all you need then you can have the strength to be content, at peace, not stressed or depressed during that time. Someone who hurts you can’t take away your Heavenly Father.
What’s your best situation? How can things get better? If you know Jesus is all you need then you can have the strength not to become prideful in thinking that you or someone else brought on your happiness or become greedy wanting more then what you already have.
Now here’s the second thing Paul asks Christians to do knowing that Jesus is all we NEED…
Because Jesus is all we NEED…2. We ought to help meet each other’s needs
People are needy and those needs can become all consuming and burdensome. However, if the Gospel is sufficient for those needs we can help meet those needs in the Gospel.
Vs. 14- This church shared Paul’s troubles; they took his burden as their own.
Vs. 15-16 No other church would help him in giving and receiving except for the church of Philippi. Even when he was at a different church they would help him out.
Vs. 17- It wasn’t in the actual gift that they helped meet his need but it was the fruit that came from their gifts. As the church of Philippi was gracious and giving it encouraged Paul will he was in prison and being persecuted.
-How are you helping meet others’ needs?
-Are you content in every situation?
This is all possible when you realize that Jesus is all you need to accomplish both of the points referenced above. He is all you need for salvation. He is all you need to help others. So, persevere through the highs and lows until you are finally with the Father who provided all you’ll ever need to be content in this world while anticipating the world to come.
Posted by: Erik Koliser