I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share[a] my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.[b] 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
As Paul concludes, he returns to the theme of rejoicing despite difficulty (v. 10). Cheered as he is by the Philippians’ revived concern for him, his contentment lies elsewhere. He is not dependent on their support to find contentment (v. 11). He rejoices in the practical oneness that the gospel brings, but emphasizes practical humility. He has learned the secret of facing both plenty and hunger.
Our contentment as Christians, likewise, rests in the fruit of the gospel—including our oneness in Christ. Paul teaches us to look beyond our circumstances, whether we have much or little, and rejoice in Christ. In him, we have all we could ever need or desire.
*These devos are taken from Crossway's, ESV Gospel Transformation Bible.