preoccupied with preoccupation

arms outstretchedRecently in our Wednesday evening class we discussed these words of the Apostle Paul from Philippians 4, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  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 want.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11b-13).

In an extremely genuine and experiential way, the Apostle unveils his secret.  The secret to life.  The secret to a life that can weather the storms.  The secret to being content.  To being satisfied.  The secret to joy in life.  The secret?  Jesus.

So many are preoccupied with preoccupation.  What I mean by that is it is so remarkably easy for us to con ourselves into thinking that existence is life.  That the things that constitute our day somehow constitute life.  The full life that Christ offers.  Aren’t our lives bigger than that?  Jesus would put it this way, “Aren’t you much more valuable than those things?” (Matthew 6:26).

Angry, Frustrated WomanSo many of us grew up singing the song: “I’m all wrapped up, tied up, tangled up in Jesus” but now find ourselves “all wrapped, tied up, tangled up in life.”  But in reality it’s not life.  It’s existence.

The secret to life is Jesus.  The secret to a life that can weather the storms is Jesus.  The secret to being content is Jesus.  The secret to being satisfied is Jesus.  The secret to joy in life is Jesus.

The Apostle Paul says with a smile (I picture him with a smile), “I have learned the secret… Jesus.”

When the believer finally let’s go of the preoccupation and reaches to “Him who gives me strength,” it is then and only then that contentment will become an ever present reality.

Glory to God!

Jason

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