Tom Elliff
Oklahoma City, OK

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Will You Have Enough?

By on June 25, 2016

It seems that about anything causes people to fret over the future, especially when it comes to their finances. Britain’s reported exit from the EU has generated an unending spate of news analysts and their foreboding prognostications. Since the Lord specifically commands us not to fret, there must be a better approach for His people than to worry and be anxious.

Writing from his tactical vantage point in a Roman prison, Paul gives us a timeless assurance: My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19). This promise, of course, is for those who are in union with Christ. “In Christ Jesus” is a descriptive phrase Paul uses 164 times in his epistles, referring to the fact that we share Christ’s very life!

A Christian has more than Christ’s counsel, His ideas, or His purpose, but Christ Himself! The biblical illustrations of our “union life” reveal this truth: Body-Head, Husband-Wife, Vine-Branches, Father-Son, Foundation-Building. You get the picture; each illustrates a shared relationship. This means that the assurance of “enough” for your life is predicated on your personal relationship with Christ. If that exists, then you have the following guarantees:

  1. You will be confronted with problems, or needs. Paul is referring to “every necessity you face.” He is speaking of need in both the profound sense (“all”) and the personal sense (“your”) so you must not feel exempted from this promise. What are your needs? You may, in fact, be more needy now than at any time of life.
  1. You should be conscious of your Provider. My God shall supply…” assures Paul. Notice that Paul keeps our focus on the Provider rather than upon the provision. Our tendency is just the opposite. A look at the average checkbook reveals our hearts. Jesus, after all, said that if you want to find your heart, just go looking for your treasure. Both are always together in the same place (Mt 6:21).
  1. You can be comforted by this promise. “God…will supply…all” your need. God’s supply is both extravagant (“according to His riches in glory”) and exclusive (“in Christ Jesus”). The standard by which He operates is in line with “His glorious riches.” And the supply is there for any man or woman who is “in Christ Jesus.”

So before you spend too much time with the talking heads on television who rarely do nothing more than incite worry, why not check in with THE Head…the Lord who has promised to supply every need. If you are in union with Him…

Then…get a good night’s rest.

Rejoice evermore!
Tom Elliff
2 Tim 1:12

  • Lori Bennett

    This promise, of course, is for those who are in union with Christ, (love that reminder). 164 times Paul wrote that – we are taught in this material world, “if I say something twice/three times” I mean it…, 164 times – he meant it!