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Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 13:16

Dear all

 

It's heartwarming to see how their new faith in Jesus Christ compelled the Philippians to give. From the start, they were generous in their hospitality to Paul and his friends. You can see that in the response of Lydia and the Philippian jailer in Acts 16. And then, Paul tells us, he received support from Philippi when he reached Thessalonica, the next city on his missionary journey. He also received support from them when he was in Corinth. And now, here in Rome, Epaphroditus had brought further support - what a demonstration of faithful and consistent giving! And it was consistent with their generosity mentioned in 2 Corinthians 8, as Paul was seeking to raise funds for the needy in Jerusalem.

 

 

Paul was certainly pleased to receive their gifts - who wouldn't have been in his needy situation in a Roman jail? But he was far more delighted by the way that the Philippians would be blessed by their giving. He knew that God would be pleased  by their giving. As he says in 2 Corinthians 9:7, God loves a cheerful giver. He was mindful too of the spiritual reward they would receive in this life, and the eternal reward they would receive in heaven. As someone said 'do your giving while you're living so you're knowing where it's going.’


But despite God's promises, we find it hard to give don't we? There are so many competing demands for our resources, we often just give what's left over. Paul recognised the challenge, so he spelt out some practical suggestions for the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 16. He says 'in keeping with your income', put aside an amount on the first day of every week in order to be ready to donate to worthy causes. Well, you may have a different timescale i.e monthly, but it's a solid principle. And if you're worried that your giving will leave you destitute, in Philippians 4:19, Paul assures the Philippians, and us, that God will meet all our needs.


Well, I've found our time in Philippians to be a great blessing and I hope you have too. We'll now be focusing our sermons on the season of Advent where we look with expectancy to celebrating the birth of the Messiah. And then in the New year, we'll be delving into the book of Nehemiah.


Blessings

Pastor Chris

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 13:19