The Thank-You Note


When giving of your time, talent or financial resources, are you giving with a generous heart?

Paul said to the Philippian Christians that he was not seeking the gift of money they sent; rather, he really wanted them to participate in the spiritual profit of serving Christ as he did. What a remarkable man! He wanted them to experience his kind of life.

17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.

 18 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.

 19 And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:17-19)

He told them that the money they gave can be counted as a spiritual sacrifice like what is offered by a priest in God's temple. What they did was pleasing to God like the incense burned with a sacrifice. He also assured them that the God who took care of him will also take care of them. What then would have made Paul sad? Paul would not have been sad if they had sent no money to him; he would have been sad because they were not being spiritually generous with what they had. His remarkable motives should be an example to us.


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