"I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]."
// Philippians 4:11-13 [AMP]
When a person is in Christ, he or she can flourish in any circumstance.
As we walk through life, we can choose to allow our external circumstance to shape and form us into the likeness of Christ, or we can choose to bow to the pressures of this world, give in and therefore stay the same. It is not necessarily God who causesexternal pressures but there is no doubt that He does use them. He is jealous for us, and He loves us so much that He desires for us to learn, grow and become more like Him, going from glory to glory, so that we can truly have an eternal impact on the world.
Flourishing is not just external. A person may be walking through a tremendous external trial but inside they can be flourishing. The human is inclined to look at the physical, but God looks at our hearts. And a flourishing heart brings Him much joy! No matter what the circumstance, we are free to flourish. And while we focus on and magnify Christ, not our trial, His promise is that He will look after us.
Let’s not let our physical lives and “light and momentary troubles” (see 2 Cor 4:17) distract us from the ever-important, eternally impacting task at hand – to love a city and be light in dark places. People are hurting and they need you and I to stand in the gap and lift our eyes and hearts to Christ, so we can share with them the Hope we have been given.
// Georgie Kelsey