Timeless truths from Philippians 4:15-17.
Americans will spend 6% more on Easter this year than ever before. Like all holidays in our Country, Easter has been commercialized. It is interesting that while spending on “Easter” is up, giving in most churches is down. It is also a fact that Easter is the best attended worship service during the year. Yet, the giving on Easter Sunday is the absolute lowest when considered proportionally.
The church at Philippi supported Paul when no other church did. History records Philippi as being a generous church. Churches are generous because the people in them are generous. Generous people are like Jesus.
Paul makes an interesting statement in this passage. He writes about their support of him, “Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.” No doubt there were some loggerheads who questioned Paul’s motives. “Why does he talk about money so much? He is only after our money!…” But Paul revealed his true intent – giving benefits you in eternity. But not just giving to any cause. There are many good causes. There is only one “institution” that Jesus ordained after His resurrection, His Church. Paul’s statement also makes it crystal clear that giving is a spiritual issue that God rewards.
“You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.” Philippians 4:15-17 NASB