Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:14-19 NLT
The Philippian believers were faithful, dependable supporters of the gospel. They understood the needs of the Apostle Paul. Even while he is in Rome awaiting trial, the Philippians were conscientious of Paul's situation. Because of their awareness and willingness to help, Paul did not lack in his necessities. These believers hearts were right where they needed to be. Paul didn't have to ask them for support, they simply did so out of their love for Jesus. This is the way it is supposed be work. We, as believers, should
conscientiously and willingly give to support the ministry. There is no greater cause on earth than the gospel of Jesus Christ. God is our source, He has provided the seed, He has called us to be the sowers, and He has given us the soil of His kingdom. Let's be found faithful in our sowing. Harvest can only come from releasing what is in our hand. The seed must be planted for germination (the God created process of the seed bursting open into its potential) to take place. Jesus said it like this: “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.” John 12:24 NLT Our future provision is locked up in our current seed sowing. Let's die to ourselves and let's let God supply all of our needs. Isn't He the One who has all along???
Rev. Curtis Norris