Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me-Phil. 4:11-13.
The flexibility of the believer is one of his or her greatest strengths. Scripture is clear that it is possible to adapt to any situation so that one can continue to function and even thrive no matter the circumstance.
Consider a few things from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
First, this flexibility, this ability to be content regardless was something that was acquired. Paul said I have learned. Certainly, there were some hard knocks along the way. I know that we are talking about Paul here, but there were likely some times when he didn’t initially react positively to his less than positive circumstances. Through his trials, however, he learned to be content.
Second, this flexibility, involves the ability to be content even when one experiences extreme opposites. Paul wrote about being abased (made low) and abounding (abundant). He knew how to handle the “lowest lows” as well as the “highest highs”. Through it all, he remained steadily content.
Third, this flexibility has its Source in Jesus Christ. He wrote I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. It is utterly impossible to successfully handle all the various situations of life. Paul made it clear that the Lord was the key to his contentment.
How about it? Are you flexible? Do you live in a state of contentment regardless? Or are you constantly disturbed and disgusted at your lot in life? Can you handle the extreme opposites that you often experience? Are you confident that you can handle any situation because the Jesus is your Source?
Learning to be Flexible
Micah PerryPosted by Pastor Micah Perry on Aug.22, 2015