Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Let me ask you – what do you see this verse as saying?
Paul is able to be content ( which I talked about in yesterdays post ) because Christ is the one who gives him the strength. This verse is specifically referring to Paul’s ability to be content in all things. To achieve this contentment, he needed the strength of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, many people take this verse out of context and use it to reinforce a "super-Christian" mentality that can leap over tall buildings in a single bound. I really believe that this verse is one of the most taken out of context verses in the Bible. What people do is they break the verse into two pieces. They say – I can do all things – and somehow use this verse to show that they can do anything they put their minds too. I have a problem with that because it is leaving Christ out of the picture.
What people miss is that the strength of Christ in Paul’s life was manifest in his ability to be content when he did suffer need. Paul was in need when he wrote this but knew that Christ gave him the strength to get through it. The verse does not tell us that we can leap buildings in a single bound as many people sadly think.
To really understand what this is saying I think we must put this precious statement of faith in connection with John 15:5 for without Me you can do nothing. With Jesus we can do all things, without Him we can’t do anything.
We never want to lose sight of the idea that we need Christ to be our strength and when He is out strength we will make it through and be content.
Find your strength in Him today!
What are your thoughts?