An Opportunity to Learn

 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
                                                                                                                                                            -Philippians 4:11 KJV
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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

 

I’ve always liked things in order but the older I get the more important order becomes. Needless to say remodeling is anything but orderly.  One day this past week as I was looking for a clean place to sit I thought about the Apostle Paul and this “contentment” scripture.  When he penned these words he was addressing his lack of dependence on financial support, but Paul wasn’t just content financially, he was content in the basic comforts of life.  He lived in at times dreadful conditions ( prison and shipwrecked just to name two) and not only was he content but he wrote much of the New Testament during these times.
 
The word content is a stoic word, expressing the favorite doctrine of the stoic sect, that a man should be sufficient to himself for all things; able, by the power of his own will, to resist the shock of circumstance. Paul is self-sufficient through the power of the new self: not he, but Christ in him. (Vincent, Marvin Richardson: Word Studies in the New Testament. Bellingham, WA : Logos )
 
Paul was not content because he was self-sufficient but because of who Christ was in his life.  Okay, no more complaining about the dust and disorder, this is a golden opportunity to learn… to be content.

One Response to “An Opportunity to Learn”

  1. Krsita March 18, 2009 at 10:50 am #

    Looks cozy!

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