In this month’s issue, I would like to spend a little time discussing Apostle Paul’s message to us and the church as revealed through Philippians 4:13. Not only is this my favorite scripture, but for years it has proven to be a source of strength as I go through life. I honestly believe that like the Apostle Paul, we too must learn the secret of contentment. Think about it, do you really trust Christ to give you strength in all things?
The Bible teaches or instructs us to be content in whatever state we find ourselves. The Apostle Paul learned that lesson well: “for I have learned in whatever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4: 11 KJV). This in no way implies that we should be content with neither complacency nor mediocrity, thus now fulfilling the call of God on our lives. Not at all. Bethel Wesley and friends, we must work daily to improve ourselves while at the same time remaining totally dependent on God. Whatever we need to do to fulfill God’s purpose we can do, not in our own strength, but through the strength and power of Christ that dwells within our innermost being.