If I Only Had More!
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Today, we concluded our series in Philippians by reading one of the most quoted verses in the entire Bible!
To wrap up Philippians, we read from chapter 4, verses 10-19. This is a section where Paul thanks the Philippians for the financial gift they sent him, but he also takes the opportunity to teach on contentment. Paul talks about this secret he has learned; that whether he is rich, poor, well-fed, or hungry, he knows the secret of being completely content regardless of his circumstances. How does he do this? What is the big secret? He tells us in verse 13:
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Since Paul’s focus is always on Christ, he is able to remain content whether he is in prison or out preaching the gospel to the crowd! He doesn’t compare what he has or doesn’t have to other people, but just remains reliant on God for the strength to keep him content.
In a culture of comparison, this is a very hard principle to follow, isn’t it? Whether through marketing designed to make us dissatisfied with what we currently own, Facebook posts from friends, or just visiting friends at their “nicer” house, there are thousands of ways we could compare ourselves with others and become discontent with our lives. “If I could only have that car/house/salary/whatever, then I’ll be happy!” Only to get that thing, and realize in a few months that it doesn’t bring joy. Then the search for the better “thing” begins, and the cycle starts all over again. This brings us to the big idea: you can never get enough of that which cannot satisfy.
Contentment doesn’t ever come from comparison, but only from Christ. Jesus is the only one who can bring us contentment in life, a secret that Paul knew well. Having more will never satisfy us, unless it’s more of Jesus!
As a reminder, next week is Easter! We’ll be holding 20 services spread across our 5 campuses, so there are plenty to choose from! To see the service schedule, click here. See you there!
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
Philippians 4:10-19; Ecclesiastes 5:10; 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
“Even though it is clear that the world is filled with greed and materialism, almost no one thinks it is true of them … Greed hides itself from the victim.” Tim Keller
“I am two-time Golden Globe Winner, Jim Carrey. You know, when I go to sleep at night, I’m not just a guy going to sleep. I’m two-time Golden Globe winner, Jim Carrey, going to get some well-needed shut-eye. And when I dream, I don’t just dream any old dream. No sir. I dream about being three-time Golden Globe winning actor, Jim Carrey. Because then I would be enough. It would finally be true. And I could stop this terrible search for what I know ultimately won’t fulfill me.” Jim Carrey
Here for You – Matt Redman
Eyes on Heaven – Central Music
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) – Hillsong Music