10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:10-13
When things are going well for us: family is healthy, bills are paid, car is running, and we do not have any conflicts at work place; we find it easier to cling to Christ in this fast paced life style and culture. Everything that comes our way, we take it as a blessing and we do not have a trouble rejoicing in the Lord.
What about the times when things are not going well for us: there are dire health issues in the family, our finances are in the dumps, we are facing conflicts in all areas of our lives (marriage, children, work place, and church) and our calendar is running our lives. Our view of God’s blessings changes; there are times when our view of God changes in those circumstances.
There is a third option, where, our lives are fully surrendered to God and what Christ has done for us on the cross. There, we have a foundation where we build our lives not in the view of blessings or curse but in the view of who God is. It is the relationship we have with God that helps us overcome in this world.
I will encourage you to ask the following questions and see where you stand with God.
Are you a follower of Jesus Christ? What is your view of submission? Can others tell by your view of life that you have submitted your life to Christ?Are there areas in your life which you have hidden from Christ and you are not willing to submit to Him?
I will be praying for you as you continue to submit to His will and His calling.
All Praise be to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.