Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Paul and the other early missionaries faced financial hardship as they followed the call God had placed on their lives. They had to rely on donations from those to whom they went or finding work to support themselves as they spread the Good News. Paul indicates that whether he had “plenty or little”, he was intent on accomplishing the mission.

The important part is the trust they put in Christ to encourage them and provide help for their needs. While they did what they could to help themselves in these circumstances, it was always their faith that sustained them. Paul says “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

We too can know this faith that enables us to overcome our doubts and live for Christ as we have been called to do. Spending time in prayer, studying the word and coming together in fellowship are the tools to be able to see to the needs of others as well as share the love of God with the world.

Gracious God, You have gifted us with skills and material to support ourselves and one another. Bless us to use these wisely to care for Your children that they may know Your love. Amen.

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