Focal passage: Philippians 4:10-20
Is it just me, or does anyone else think losing their keys is one of their best talents? Just recently, I spent two days reorganizing my life because I misplaced my work keys. I was in trouble. I knew that without those keys, I would have no access to my workspace, would have to explain my irresponsibility to my boss and would probably have to pay for a new lock on my door. Having the right key for where you want to be is priceless.
We all long for contentment – to be satisfied in our life and circumstances. And, in our culture we’re bombarded with potential keys. Perhaps we think we can unlock peace through wise counsel, strict budgeting or a fabulous physique. It doesn’t take long to realize that although many of these things can be valuable, none will ultimately grant us contentment.
Paul writes in Philippians 4 that even though he faced immeasurable suffering, he found the key to contentment. Paul learned he could “do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). It wasn’t that Paul believed Christ would give him worldly greatness or financial success. He knew that through Christ he had the power to live a contented and joyful life regardless of his circumstances.
Paul recognized that strength from God does more than produce a winning touchdown or gold medal. God promises to supply all our needs “according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
We may never attain financial abundance or glory in professional athletics, but in Christ we unlock the door to so much more. In Christ, we are guaranteed the riches of the gospel – forgiveness from sin and true life and joy in Christ. No matter our circumstances, in Him we have strength for today and hope for eternity. And this key isn’t hiding from us like the work keys that kept alluding me last week. Christ freely offers us himself. He alone is the key that brings true contentment to our souls.