Day 4: In Jesus I am Empowered
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:4–11; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 4:13
SOAP: Philippians 4:13
“I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13
We are constantly surrounded by the shouts of the world tell us that we can do anything and be anything that we want, as long as we work hard enough, try often enough, or buy enough stuff. We can earn that promotion at work on our own if we’re simply better than everyone else. We can build a fabulous life for ourselves as long as we have enough, make enough, and surround ourselves with the right people.
In God’s kingdom, we are at our strongest when we are weak, and we are our most independent when we are dependent on God. Our verse today does not mean that we should do all things, but that we can find joy as we rely on God to empower and equip us to do the work He calls us to do.
Paul took the time at the end of his letter to the church in Philippi to show his appreciation for their support of his ministry. He noted his joy came from the Lord, not from his circumstances. Although he had experienced times of need and times of abundance (Philippians 4:12), Paul shared that true contentment came from understanding his strength came from Jesus.
In Jesus, we are empowered to navigate all that life has for us through the strength we have in Him. When our joy and our identity are rooted in Christ, our circumstances will not shake us. Our consistent, joy–filled, lives will be a witness to the grace and love of Jesus who sustains us in all things and through all things.
Heavenly Father, the world tries to tell me I can do it all on my own, that in my own power I can do all things and be all things for all people. Help me quiet those shouts so I can fully depend on You to be my strength and my joy as You empower me to navigate all situations and circumstances in ways that bring You glory and honor. Amen.