“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:11,12)
Those words were written by a man named Paul who was imprisoned in Rome—living in a house but not allowed to leave, chained to a guard 24/7.
Content whatever the circumstances? How is that even a category?
What was his secret? “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
Imprisoned but free. Think about that. Paul was a man. A regular guy. If contentment and freedom like that were available to him, it’s available to us.
I believe it’s not only through Christ’s Spirit that Paul was able to be free, but by Christ’s example.
Who lived a life with more freedom than Jesus? He didn’t care what people thought of him, didn’t compare himself to anyone, wasn’t distracted by the massive number of people who came to him for healing, owned nothing and felt no need to. He took time off to rest even though he only had three years to train twelve guys to change the world. He succumbed to no pressure, and couldn’t be bought. No one could hold anything over him because he was free from everything that would trip the rest of us up.
He focused only on the things that really mattered—his identity as the beloved son and being led by the Spirit, never taking his eyes off his mission.
If you were free from, what would you be free to?
You would be free to be the strongest, boldest, gentlest, kindest, most loving, present in the moment, most fearless, focused, truest version of yourself.
Free to live with fearless liberty, free to pursue a life few ever find.
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