Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction. You yourselves 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; but 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 that which increases to your account. Philippians 4:14-17
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:10-15
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:
In consideration of the level of surrender, dependence, and intimacy in our relationship with Christ we have been talking about, the availability and use of our money and other material resources becomes a moot point. If we are having trouble in this area it is because we have not been broken deeply and profoundly. And of course, that is where the work needs to be done. We will understand little of the focus of all these Scriptures, particularly the ones from Philippians. As a matter of fact, the promises contained in them are routinely seen throughout the greater Christian Community through the lens of personal concern and interest rather than the mission of the Gospel. When God does His work in the depths of our being and He moves us beyond personal concern and interest, He will not only have our money and our material resources, but He will have us and will freely be able to call us to whatever “mission” business he has in mind for us.
Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:
Lord, you gave it all and so will I. Everything I am and have is yours to use in whatever way you choose. Forgive me for thinking that what I have is mine for whatever use I see fit. I want to live sacrificially for your mission of redemption. Show me exactly how you want to use me and my material resources. Continue to increase my level of surrender, dependence, and intimacy in my relationship with you. Amen!