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February 11th, 2018 - Phil 4:16-19

                    Daily Devotional <> February 11,2018 <> Sunday

                     Learning to be content <> Philippians 4: 16-19

                        Point of Contact <> Bro Ben Van Winkle

 

   Even when he was in Thessalonica the Philippians sent him aid for his needs. The Holy Spirit placed a burden on their hearts for the Apostle Paul.

   Paul was more excited for the Philippians gain than he was for their gifts. Greater than his desire for financial help was that the account of the Philippian believer's should increase. This is what happens when money is given to the Lord.

   All that we have is the Lord's & when we give to Him, we are only giving Him what is already His. Christians who argue as to whether or not they should tithe their money have missed the point. A tithe or tenth was commanded of the Israelites under the law as the minimum gift. In the age of Grace, the question should not be, “How much should I give the Lord?” It should be our desire as Christians to give the tenth, plus as much more as we can to the work of the Lord that men might not parish for want of hearing the Gospel.

 

   When Paul says I have it all; he means he has all he needs. It seems strange in this day of twentieth-century commercialism to hear a servant of the Lord who is not begging for money, but who admits to having a sufficient amount for his needs. The unrestrained begging campaigns in the present day are an abomination in the sight of God, & a reproach to the name of Christ. One has said, “That God's work carried on in God's way will  never lack in resources.” The trouble with us today is that we have failed to distinguish between working for God & the work of God. It is possible to be engaged in a so called Christian service that might not be the will of God at all. Where there is an abundance of money, there is always the danger of  doing thing that might not have the divine sanction.

 

   Now Paul adds what is perhaps the best loved verse in this entire chapter. We should notice that this promise follows the description of their faithful stewardship. In other words, because they have given of their material resources to God even to the point where their own livelihood was endangered God would supply their every need.

   While it is true in a general sense that God does supply the needs of His people this is a specific promise that those who are faithful & devoted in their giving to Christ will never suffer lack.