Paul thanks them for the gift

August 11th, 2014

In today’s reading Paul thanks the Philippians for the financial gifts and support. It is found in Philippians 4:10-20.

As I read this passage two main ideas jumped out at me…

1. The importance of supporting church planters

Verse 10 starts with, “How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me”.

Paul thanked them for their support in the past and said they were the only ones who supported him on his work through Macedonia. In verse 18 he says there gifts were a sweat smelling offering to The Lord.

This reminds me of the importance of supporting people who travel and plant churches. As history tells us, church planting is the best way to reach people for Christ and make disciples.

2. Paul knew what is is to be content

Philippians 4:13 says, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”.

This is a verse we often quote when we are nervous or trying someone new. Paul used it in the context of trials, suffering, and hunger. He knew what it was to be content in the good times or the bad.

Paul said in verse 11, “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have”. Paul knew Christ was enough. If he had lots, it was enough. If he had nothing, that was enough too.

As I am coming to an end of my devotions in Philippians these two thoughts will stay with me. It is important to support those who reach others for Christ and that if we have lots or nothing, if we have Christ we have all we need.

God Bless,
Dave

 
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