‘Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift; but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus’. – Philippians 4:15-19
It is not unscriptural that believers meet the physical needs of their Pastors (Romans 15:27). In view of today’s reference text, can your Pastor offer such a prayer in your respect? The Church in Philippi received these words of commendation because of their acts of kindness and generosity towards Brother Paul. The Minister departed Philippi to other territories, yet, the brothers deemed it good to send him gifts on a continual basis! Could that have been possible if they had forgotten him? Definitely, Not! How apt Paul’s prayers for them: ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus’!
Paul’s needs being met by believers in Philippi incited Spiritual riches or riches in glory by Christ Jesus. In this context, riches refer to the generous and liberal attitudes of believers toward one another. Paul related to the church in Corinth how the brothers in Macedonia, though in their state of want, the love of God reacted in their spirits and they gave generously (2 Corinthians 8:1-4). This was a clear indication that they had the identity of God. At this point, God met their needs. This way, God supplied the riches of His Grace or glory. It refers to God using one person to solve the problem of another. This is a vital lesson: Every believer must work to meet not only his needs but also those of others! This is an index to one’s success in life.
It calls for hard-work, for there is no room for idleness in the kingdom. ‘… this we commend you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.’ (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Your success is measured in the problems you solve. You have been empowered to solve problems. Attend to your needs and those of your family members. Give a helping hand to your community. Give to your pastor and invest in the kingdom. You are known in the problems you solve; you are great and visible in the things you do!
INSTRUCTION: Consciously affect a life each day. Create positive impacts on people.
PRAYER: Lord, I am enabled to be generous, in Jesus name.
QUOTE: Your Greatness is Measured in the Problems You Solve.