This last section of Philippians reminds us that Paul is writing a thank-you note for their gift of support. “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me”(Phil 4:10). He remembers that this is not the first time they have helped him. He remembers when “no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only”(Phil 4:15) and that “even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again”(Phil 4:16). It is good and appropriate for us to acknowledge the kindness of others.
But Paul is doing more than making them feel good. “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit”(Phil 4:17). Their giving is a blessing to them and gives glory to God. It is “a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus”(Phil 4:18-19). Paul assures them that the sacrifice that they have made will be repaid by God. Just as God has blessed Paul through the Philippians, so he will bless the Philippians through others. On and on the train of giving and blessing and sustaining goes.
It is counterintuitive to think that when we give our money away, we will have our needs supplied. This is why it is an act of faith and love. We trust God will reward us and that others will be blessed.
------------- One Thing to Think About: Could someone write me words like these about how I have helped them?
One Thing to Pray For: God to supply the needs of those who have helped and blessed me