15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
In this passage, Paul thanks the church, for what they did for him when he was imprisoned and everyone else turned their backs on him. Yet, even in the midst of thanking them he was teaching them.
You see, sometimes, we get so caught up in giving material things to people that we forget about the things that really matter. Look back over Jesus’ life. How many times did he give a material thing to someone to bless them? Not many if any.
Like Jesus, Paul was trying to drive home here that God’s Riches are worth much more than silver and gold. In the same sense, so are prayers, a hug, a kiss, encouragement, support etc…
I charge us today to give of ourselves and not from our pockets today. See how much of a difference it makes. Be blessed and have a great day.