How To Be Independent
I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
“Content” has been rendered “independent.” Paul has learned in any state to be self-sufficient, independent, not in the haughty worldly sense but in that he lives by inner resources. He can do all things through Christ. While he deeply appreciates and rejoices in the love-gift sent to him by the Philippian saints, his sufficiency is not in the Lord=s people but in God, who is able to supply every need.
The servant of the Lord who is looking to the Lord’s people instead of unto the Lord will be nervous and sometimes disappointed. But the man who is looking unto Jesus about his finances as well as everything else will not worry whether his remuneration be a Philippian love-gift or a puny stipend. Not all churches may be as generous as the Philippians, but God’s riches in glory by Christ Jesus are as abundant as in Paul’s day.
Let us be independent of men, dependent on God.