“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances. “ – Elisabeth Elliot
I discovered this quote this past week and have been thinking about it a lot.
I love it. So much truth.
I hate it. So very convicting.
Many of us have deceived ourselves into thinking that life would be better – and even “I would be a better Christian” if only I had a…
- Better job
- Million dollars
- Different spouse
- Different parents
- Nicer home
- Thinner body
- Better behaved children
- Movie star’s good looks
- More awesome church
- One month vacation in the Caribbean
- And so on, and so on, and so on.
Yet God has given us the indwelling Christ and God desires to change us – not our circumstances. We can be victorious in spite of our circumstances.
Rather than worrying and complaining and trying to change our circumstances we should instead allow Christ to do his work in us. Then we could join the apostle Paul in asserting, “…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11b)