“What would you be content with to spend one day with Jesus?”
Philippians 4:11-13 reads, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
I love being a pastor; however, if there is a day that I can no longer be a pastor, I will be just as happy being a church member. Why? We all have a role to play. Maybe tomorrow my role will be to open the door for visitors and let them know that Jesus loves them too.
Paul says, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” How many of us can say that? These days we seem to be a people that spend our day looking to the next big thing. Make no mistake. We all do it, but after all the ups and downs, I have come to understand what Paul was talking about. He is telling us (by that I mean me) that the only thing in this world that is truly worth my efforts is Jesus. If we continue to look up and keep our eyes on Him, we will be happy no matter what we are doing. (Remember Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter.)
Sadly enough too many people will never understand that message. We live in a world that tells us there is more and we can buy it from them. Just read a magazine or turn on your TV and you will find that if you want to feel right, you need to get a NordicTrack. It does not stop there. You also need to buy the right running clothes and the right shoes. Well, you get the idea. Just reading it will make you understand that you didn’t feel as healthy as you should and that somehow you are missing out on what everyone else has. Jesus is waiting to be your focus and your goal. All you need to do is look up.
Romans 8:37-39 says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Paul is saying stop looking down and start looking up. He says that Jesus knows your heart and if you are always looking for the next thing, you will miss the most important.