My son and his family just got another kitty. You know the world is divided into two groups. Cat people and dog people. Generally speaking, I’m in the dog camp…not to be confused with the dog house. But, their new cat, Mr. Beans, doesn’t know he’s a cat. He thinks he’s a dog. He fetches, he whines for his food, and he cuddles better than most small lap dogs. All of the grandkids and even my son and daughter-in-law can hold Mr. Beans and he is so “content” with life, he just falls asleep in your lap. No scratching, no complaining, no meowing…he’s just content. It would be refreshing if all of us would take our “ques” from Mr. Beans…being content and thankful for our lot in life.
The Apostle Paul had a hard and difficult ministry. Of course he had his easier times, but much of what the New Testament records about Paul’s ministry was challenging. If that’s true, then how could Paul say this in Philippians 4:11-13 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have 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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
This statement is true because Paul knew that contentment doesn’t depend on the circumstance or situation you find yourself in. It’s bigger than that. It depends on what is said in verse 13. He can do all things through his relationship with Christ.
A personal relationship with Jesus does many things. First and foremost, it secures a place in heaven for us. That’s huge! Life is more than what this world has to offer. But, knowing Jesus also can add contentment to your life here and now. If you don’t yet know Jesus, ask Him to be your Lord and Savior. If you already know Him, but haven’t been leaning on Him and His strength, then right now pray something like… “Oh Lord, today I look to you to be my source of contentment and strength. Fill my life, grant me that joy and contentment of life that only You can do. Thank you.”