Phil 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Our text contains the missionary Paul’s prayer letter sent to one of his supporting churches – the church at Philippi. Our brother, in v. 11, speaks of “want,” or lack. He is not “crying poor,” although in v. 10 he does mention their pause in financial support, but then commends them for resuming it. How sweet it is when churches lend financial support to their missionaries. This sent-love does not go unnoticed with our God, for He puts fruit to the account of such churches, v. 17. We notice that contentment can be had with or without adequate finances, bless His holy Name!
My car was packed, and I was five minutes into my trip to Florida to help in a two-day revival at Graceville Correctional when I received word that the revival had been canceled; the whole prison was on lock-down. But still content, that opened the door to conduct a service at Haralson County Jail, where Linda and I watched four lady inmates trust Christ as personal Savior. All of the ladies were touched as Linda gave her conversion testimony.
One could not help but be content as Rock of Ages conducted its annual Alabama Blitz in Montgomery, Alabama. With over 100 Rock of Ages missionaries (including Linda and I) and volunteers working in nine prisons and jails over a three day period, I report that there were 1682 men and women inmates who attended our services, with 192 souls making profession of faith in Christ as Savior. Only God can do these things, but He does it through His children who surrender their bodies to Him. I dealt with Bill who came forward at the invitation on the last night of the revival. After questioning him carefully about his willingness to repent and trust Christ, with tears in his eyes, on his knees, he began to pray, asking Christ to save him. He walked away content, and so did I.