I have learned to manage with what I have. Philippians 4:11

Paul was a strict Pharisee. He did not meet Christ but he did meet the early Christians. His parents were wealthy and well thought of since they had the dignity and the rights of Roman Citizens. Because he was faithful to the religion of his father, he believed it was necessary to persecute, imprison and even kill those men preaching a new doctrine.

But once he found Christ, all these things that he might have considered as profit, now reckoned as loss. Still more, everything seemed to him as nothing compare with the knowledge of Christ Jesus.

Paul, while in prison, wrote to the Philippians’ community which always showed him the most love. He accepted their material help, thus showing his great confidence in them. Usually, he refused to receive money and preferred to earn his living through his work while he was preaching. He longed to see them but has no desire to linger and have a good time with them but rather for meeting Christ in his glory. He only wanted to forget his worth and gains to be a better recipient of the new free grace of God. Thus being open to new experience to know him.

The greatest thing for Christians is not to perform miracles, or to speak in tongues, but to know Christ and to grasp the secret of his humiliation for our sake. Therefore, he urged them to agree with one another and be happy. Rejoice in the Lord always and be mindful of whatever is truthful, holy, just, pure, lovely and noble. To know what it is to want and what it is to have plenty whereas Paul was trained for both : to be hungry or satisfied, to have much or little, he would well manage in him who strengthen him.

Let all you do be done in love.