THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The pastor heard there was a new manager down at the soap factory.
He went to visit with him, and talk to him about Jesus.
The pastor was invited to the manager's office, and they talked quite awhile.
As the manager was ushering the pastor out of the building,
the pastor asked him if he believed in Jesus.
The manager said, "I don't. Because I see people who say they know Jesus, and they're no different from anyone else. They're lives are still not right."
The pastor noticed some boys playing in the street.
They were dirty.
He said, "You know, I don't believe in soap either. Just look at those children for instance. They're all dirty."
The manager said, "But they have to USE soap for it to be effective!"
The pastor said, "My point exactly!"
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:
every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry,
both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Paul's statement here reflects REALIZATION OF CHRIST.
In verses 6-7 of the same chapter, Paul expresses that anxiety cannot overcome us
if we surrender everything to Jesus.
Here, in verse 13, he states that surrender to Jesus develops strength.
Paul's statement here also reflects PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT.
He has "learned" (vs 11) from interaction with Jesus and with life.
He has experienced both difficulty and fullness.
Yet, he is "instructed" to receive both, and to be strengthened.
Being a Christian is not just REALIZING that Jesus is Lord and Savior.
Being a Christian must combine realization of Who Christ is, and
Jesus can help us endure "all things" if we personally interact with Him.
That interaction includes DOING the things He calls us to do:
Pray, study the Bible, be active in church membership, learn and grow from our experiences, and tell others about Jesus.
Yes, without Jesus we can do nothing that pleases God.
But, with Christ, we can interact daily with Him and find strength to be "content."
And, yes, Jesus perfectly completes our salvation.
But, to ENJOY it, we must be interacting in Him doing it!
Are you interacting with Jesus?