Did you know that two of the 20 most-search bible verses come in Philippians Chapter 4? It is the chapter that in verse 6 we find “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” (18th most-searched). A bit further, in verse 13 we read the very inspiring and motivating “For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (4th most searched)- I personally had that one as my screensaver for many years!

However, sandwiched in the middle of these two well-known verses is something, which I think, is extremely challenging. In verse 11-12, Paul writes, For I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything.

Having read the chapter my overriding thought and feeling was not a feeling of comfort because I need not worry, nor was it a feeling of belief that I can go and do incredible things, but instead it was a conviction. A conviction of whether I was content with whatever I have.

We often live life longing for the next thing. The next pay cheque, the next job, car or house. What is it that you are longing for?

I feel suitably challenged, and I imagine we all do when we read this passage. Am I genuinely content with whatever I have? When I sing Hillsong’s well-known song, “Christ is enough for me”- do I really mean that? Do you?

When I read Paul’s writings and teachings, I always feel challenged by the great words that he writes. Be content with everything and nothing. I think that is partly what makes Paul such a great inspiration. He worshipped God in the good times and in the bad. As he was being persecuted, as he was hungry, as he was close to death- he was content because Christ really was enough.

And I think Jesus was content with everything and with nothing. When he was lead through the wilderness, he was content. He did not worry. He knew that he could do all things through his Father that strengthened him.

So today, I challenge you, Paul challenges you- are you content with what you have?

Sam Deakin works for The Greenhouse part-time as the Business and Marketing Developer. He loves most sports, and is one of the most competitive people you can meet.