Funding the Gospel
Verses 15-16 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.
Paul met his friends in Philippi when he was redirected by the Spirit of God. Paul’s plans were to go north from Turkey but God had friends for Paul, lifelong friends who would be used by God to care for him (Acts 16:6-12).
Paul’s friendship with the believers in Philippi grew deep in the time that he was with them. But it wasn’t just their love of Paul that drove these people to give to take care of his needs. It was their love of God that gave them a passion for the Gospel. And it was this love of the Gospel of Christ that had them desiring to support Paul along his ministry route.
The Philippians knew the change the Gospel had had in their lives and they understood the change it would make in the world as the message spread. The question we must ask ourselves is, “has the Gospel made such an impact in our lives that we want to see it spread?” This is a vital question for every one of us to ask ourselves. How much of an impact has the Gospel had on our lives? If the Gospel hasn’t impacted us to this extent, why hasn’t it?
If Christ has changed our lives we should desire to see other lives changed. The Philippians knew that it wasn’t their responsibility to take the Gospel to the whole world, they had people to show the Gospel to in their own community. They also knew that it was God’s calling on Paul’s life. That meant that they were on the same mission but with different jobs.
The Philippians knew that though they weren’t sent to all the world, they could do their part in that mission through prayers and giving to Paul financially. Not many of us are called overseas to spread the good news about Christ but we all know or know of people who have been. Most churches have missionaries that they send support to. To know the blessing that the Philippians experienced we need to think about the way we support those who are called to ministry elsewhere. It is more than just putting money in the offering plate for them, we need to invest in their ministry by learning more about the way they are serving and in so doing know how better to pray for their needs.
Making It Personal
Who is a missionary that you have supported financially? What kind of ministry do they do? How can you better support them?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you know any missionaries? What do missionaries do? How can you support missionaries?
Father, thank You for giving us each a place to share the truth of the Gospel. Give us the courage to know who and how You want us to minister. In Jesus’ name, amen.