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Meditate On This!

Bert Reynolds

    Paul walks a fine line in Philippians 4:10-23. He no longer has a need for their financial support. He doesn't want to be seen as one of those kinds of preachers who are mostly out for money that he warns about in chapter 1. This church has been

amazing in their generosity and he's used them as an example of generosity to other churches, even (2 Cor. 8). Still, he's amply supplied and because he's learned how to be content no matter what he has, he needs very little to survive.

    At the same time, he doesn't want to kill their excitement about giving. He personally may not need their generous gifts, but they need to keep giving generously. That’s what it means to be Jesus people. We are constantly looking to be generous, kind,

 compassionate, caring, sharing, serving in all we do.           Like the sacrifices of old, all these acts of love are fragrant offerings to God.

   It's never just been about giving money to the church, although giving money for the work and mission of the church is one small part of it. It's about regularly doling out gifts of love. It's about sharing of ourselves in places of need, little sacrificial acts of giving of ourselves that actually become sacrifices to Jesus, pleasing gifts to God. It's kindness that points beyond itself to the kingdom of God. It's commitment to kingdom work.

  This is what should drive us. Never stop sharing in God's mission together, in God’s provision together, in life together, in service together, in struggles together. Be endlessly generous in lavishing love in whatever form the situation requires. Our acts of loving kindness, of generous compassion in whatever , pleasing gifts to God. It's kindness that points beyond itself to the kingdom of God. It's commitment to kingdom work.


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