Timeless truths from Philippians 4:18-20.
Do you know what God thinks of your offerings to support Kingdom work? Paul describes the monetary gift as “a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” When you give from a heart of joy because you consider it a privilege to invest in the Kingdom of God, then your offering pleases God. Imagine that!
God will also supply “all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” That is not some prosperity gospel but it is clear that God will meet your needs. Where we often stumble in this equation is in calculating the need. You see, God may see the point of need much differently than we do. Often we think we know what we need only to find out later in life that we really didn’t “need” it at all. If God were to give everyone who gives a financial windfall, many of God’s people could become materialistic. We may even be motivated to give in order to gain. That is not the motive in which God wants us to give. He wants us to give in order to advance His Kingdom so that He will be glorified!
Paul ends this wonderful letter by commending the people of God for their support and encouragement; their care and love. I am grateful to God for the many people in the Church who are supportive and encouraging. Thank God for His Bride!
“But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:18-20 NASB