Thursday, July 17, 2014

Generous Support

Philippians 4:10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. 11  Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. 12  I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. 13  I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14  In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress. 15  You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone. 16  For even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help for my needs more than once. 17  Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that accumulates to your account. 18  I have been paid in full and have more than enough; I am fully satisfied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19  And my God will fully satisfy 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.

The Philippian followers of Jesus proved themselves to be thoughtful and generous in their support of the Apostle Paul. Their concern for Paul led them to care for his needs “more than once”. This letter is written to acknowledge gifts brought by Epaphroditus – which Paul experienced as “a fragrant offering”.

Let us learn from their example. Pause and ask who God wants blessed today – and think of a way that God might use you to be a blessing.

34 Our Weakness and God’s Strength
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 213.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.

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