“We are not called to be content because our circumstances don’t matter, but because we hold on to a reality that is infinitely greater than this world could ever be.”

Paul closes his letter to the Philippians by once again using his own life as a model for the Philippian church to emulate. He is overwhelmingly thankful for the generosity of the Philippians who have given him supplies while he is in prison, but more than anything he wants the church to know that he has learned how to be content, whether he is living in plenty or in want, whether he is brought low or lifted high. The secret to contentment is found in Christ alone, in His sovereign providence, in His infinite love, in His eternal grace, and in His future glory.

Application Questions

1. Which areas can you identify discontentment in your own heart and life?

2. What does a life of passion-filled contentment look like? How can you have both (passion and contentment)?

3. How do circumstances reveal what is in your heart? What created things do you put your hope in, and how can you redirect that hope into Christ?

4. How does the future glory speak to your current circumstances?

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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