“The Ability is Available”
Philippians 4:10-13 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 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.
Philippians 4:13 is one of the most quoted of Bible verses. Sadly, it is also often the most misquoted of Bible verses. We have all heard this verse quoted in the context of giving us some sort of super human strength when it comes to being able to run faster, jump higher, or lift more. Philippians 4:13 does not give us the ability to score the winning touchdown, hit the walk-off homerun, or ring the game winning basket. Matter of fact the blessing of Philippians 4:13 teaches us how to emotionally, spiritually, and mentally get through the toughest of times of our life.
The great principle of this text is this: “once I learn how to “be” it then gives the ability to “do”. If we can learn how to “be” low, or how to “be” hungry then we fail to realize our ability to “do” the work of God. Our ability to “do” all things hinges on our learning how to be content. It is important that we understand ability to become unstuck is when we understand that God gives us the ability through his Son, Jesus Christ, to do all things. Everything hinges on our relationship with Jesus Christ. John 15:5 teaches that without Jesus we can do nothing. Jesus Christ is the source of our strength. We are encouraged, enabled, and equipped by applying this piece of scripture to our lives. There is no greater encouragement to the believer than to apply the truth that we can be in whatever state and still be able to accomplish the work of God and the will of God.
Why is this verse so significance when it comes to our ability to get unstuck from the ruts of life? First, we must realize that the deeper our relationship with Christ becomes the less we feel limited to perform the work of God. So many Christians never get out of their rut because they fail to even try. We will never truly know what we are truly capable of doing through our relationship with Christ until we actually try. The will of God can be followed. The work of God can be fulfilled. The ability is available…we just need to learn how to “be” before we tap into to what we can “do”.
- How do we go about learning how to be content in whatever state we are in?
- What does Philippians 4:10-13 teach us about getting out of the rut of life?
- What becomes our greatest hindrance to living out Philippians 4:13?