“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in any circumstance. I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.”
Paul expresses his ability in Christ to be content in every circumstance and to face any deprivation as a proclaimer of the gospel.
Within its context, the verse is still appropriate today for Christ’s saints in their mission. But it is not a statement of unqualified success.