The forth chapter of the book of Philippians is one of my favorites. In this short chapter, you’ll find several often-quoted passages, including “rejoice in the Lord always”, “be anxious about nothing” and “what ever is true…”. All GREAT verses to memorize and hide in your heart.
In reading Philippians chapter four today, I was drawn to the way in which the Philippian church took care of Paul. In the second half of this chapter, Paul is thanking the church at Philippians for their generosity and praising God for the provisions they supplied:
10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. 17 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
I noticed how that even when Paul was in another region, the church there did not seem to provide aid, but the church at Phillipi did – even from far away. It struck me that this church gets it. They are concerned about what’s important in the big picture. They recognize that Paul is spreading the gospel and that God is with him. They want to further God’s Kingdom, even though they might not see a direct, or immediate, return. They are willing to invest in what God’s doing, not just what God’s doing for them.
I want to have more of a “global” concern when it comes to Kingdom building. I want to invest in what God’s doing, where ever He is doing it. And, I love what Paul says about the results of their generosity: “a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.”
Lord, show me how I can be involved in building Your Kingdom – where ever you choose to use me.
grace & peace,