12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:12-13
We typically use Philippians 4:13 as a claim that God will help us achieve whatever we set our minds to. For me, I remember using this verse before stepping on the mound each inning, hoping that the prayer would magically grant me a great game. Obviously, I don’t want to condemn memorizing Scripture and reciting it mid-game, but Paul’s focus is not about helping us achieve our goals. Paul is revealing his secret to us of how he remains content and consistent regardless of circumstances and outcomes.
I believe some of the greatest fruits of the Christian life within the context of sports are contentment and consistency. Both of which, are some of the most important qualities in athletics. If we are able to be content and consistent, then we can respond to highs and lows appropriately. To be clear, do not mistake contentment and consistency for complacency. Although there is a tendency in athletes to coast during times of success and give up when the struggle is real, Christ’s strength doesn’t enable us to become complacent. Truthfully, God’s call for us to seek and glorify Him in all we do makes no room for complacency.
There will undoubtedly be days where you will feel empty and broken as if you have nothing. It’s in those moments when you must lean into Christ to strengthen you. Quickly, you will realize that Christ’s strength doesn’t simply help you survive through tough seasons, rather His strength provides more than you need. Like Paul, you will be able to rejoice whether you’re in need or have plenty. Ultimately, we can remain content and consistent when we are in Christ because circumstances and outcomes never affect our identity and future: God calls us His beloved and the Kingdom of God is coming.
- Prayerfully reflect on what it means to be in Christ and live through Him.
- Are you in a season of plenty or empty? Ask God to strengthen you.
- Pray for God to help you remain in Him regardless of circumstances and outcomes.