Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 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.
What a fantastic verse! A great reminder that no matter what circumstances we are in we can still be content.
Too often I find myself getting caught up in the “latest and greatest” mentality. Where I see things and want them, but reading this verse and packing for moving house has really made me think. What do I need and what do I just have because I want it? Why do I find myself going shopping for a present for someone and come home with five things for myself as well. If I am honest with myself, do I really need that stuff? Am I practicing the contentment that Paul talks about in this verse?
If I am honest I think that I would find that half the stuff I buy myself I do not need, I am not living a life content in what I have. My challenge is one I extent to you, this week start evaluating what I really need and what I merely want. May we be a community of believers that are content in Jesus and having a relationship with Him, regardless of how many belongings we have.