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Pray by Day
Bite-sized reflections from Pray by Day

Author: Doug Smith, a member of the Servants of the Word, an international, ecumenical brotherhood of men living single for the Lord.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul writes, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

This is a popular verse among Christian athletes as they attempt to excel in sport and defeat their opponents. It is also popular among some Christian life coaches who exhort us that we can be whatever we want to be through Christ who strengthens us. The context gives a more every-day explanation, and possibly even more profound. Paul says, “I have learned to be content in all circumstances. I know how to be abased and how to abound. I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.”

As Christians in the workplace, this day, we can take on whatever comes our way through Christ who strengthens us. Whether it is success, productive work, and good relationships in the workplace, or tedious tasks, lack of recognition, or work colleagues that attempt to make our lives miserable. We can be content and we can face each of our daily circumstances in Christ knowing that he gives us greater purpose and meaning in work – because ultimately we are serving him with the strength that he provides.

Today, ask Christ to strengthen you to do all the tasks that are in your charge, whether at work or at home.



Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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