PHILIPPIANS 4:19 WAS EARNED
Memorised: Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. Philippians 4:17
Read: Philippians 4:14-19, Bible in one year: 2nd Chronicles 9:29-12:16, Luke 22:39-62
If you are enjoying God’s love, you must be ready to give something in return to him as a demonstration of your love for Him. This was demonstrated by the church at
in today’s Bible reading. Paul reported that they were the only ones who stood
with him during the period of his trial and need. After he left Macedonia, some churches used that as an excuse
not to support him anymore, but not the brethren at Philippi.
Even after he travelled to Thessalonica, they repeatedly sent provisions to
meet his need there. Today, some people still hide under the cover of distance
to shy away from showing love through giving. They would say “You are so far
away and that is why it is so difficult to send assistance to you.” If it is
difficult to send assistance now, it was much more difficult to do so then. As
challenging as it was then, the brethren in Philippi
found a way around the difficulties and supported Paul. They knew what they
were doing. They become a major financial backbone of the ministry of Paul.
Paul declared that by virtue of their being so sacrificial in giving, he was
full, having all his needs met. It was based on this that he prayed that God
would supply all their needs in Philippians 4:19.
Just as you have needs, so does God have needs. If you can meet Gods needs, He will surely meet yours. The project of expending God’s kingdom on earth has needs. There is therefore a need to support anymore or any cause that is dedicated to meeting these needs. Why did Paul not pray the same prayer for the other churches? It is because a person has the responsibility to provoke the blessings that come to him or her as an individual, family or church. Before you expect so much from God, ask yourself what you have done to provoke what you are expecting. As revealed in Philippians 4:17, know that everyone has an account with God:
“Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.”
Everything you give to God grows that account. It is when your account is full that your harvest will come. The church at
Philippi got their harvest. What
about you? What have you given to God in demonstration of your love for Him?
What contributions have you made to grow your local parish and meet their
needs? How have you met the needs of your pastor and his family?
Can your pastor say like Paul that he is fall and has no needs as a result of your care?