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Do you love adventure? Is your sword sharpened and ready to go? Are you striving to win the prize? Paul’s letters are so inspiring and relevant for this age, and for every age. They are real and raw, experiencing imprisonments all the while sharing encouragement to keep on going. One of my favorites that Paul penned is the book of Philippians. He stresses right thinking brings a joyful attitude, and yet he’s in prison. Paul didn’t just teach these principles, he modeled them.
In Living the Proverbs, Charles Swindoll shares how the Apostle Paul cultivated “Contentment.” When you read the list of Paul’s adversities in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 and the extent of suffering, he is more than qualified to model contentment from whom all generations can learn.
Swindoll penned three specific ways to cultivate a contented heart from the life of the Apostle Paul:
First – Paul actively looked for God’s working in every circumstance (Phil.1:12-14).
My response to the Lord: Show me how you can use my present circumstances for good.
Second – He thanked God for what he had rather than complaining about what he lacked (Phil. 1:3, 7; 4:11-12).
My response to the Lord: Give me a heart of gratitude for what I have. (Be specific; name five things you are most grateful for.)
Third – He treasured relationships above material provisions (Phil. 4:17).
My response to the Lord: Help me experience the value of relationships like never before.
Truly, the Apostle Paul was a model servant of the Lord!
What has God called you to model?