To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 4:10-13 (NIVUK): ”I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 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.”
I liked this point which Selwyn makes in today’s study: “This is probably one of the most abused texts in the Bible. Read in the light of the previous verses, ‘all things’ can refer only to things pertaining to Paul’s apostolic ministry.
In other words, empowered by Jesus, Paul has been able to cope with whatever life has thrown at him in the pursuance of his God-given commission.
The everything must not be interpreted as all the things we want to do but all the things God wants us to do.”
Just as Paul was able to withstand all the trials he suffered in undertaking his ministry; so too, we can be ready for anything through the strength of Jesus – who lives within us (those who follow and totally love Him by putting His teaching into action).