15 And you believers at Philippi know what happened when I left Macedonia. Not one church helped me in the matter of giving and receiving. You were the only one that did. That was in the early days when you first heard the good news. 16 Even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help when I needed it. And you did it more than once. 17 It is not that I want your gifts. What I really want is what is best for you. 18 I have received my full pay and have more than enough. I have everything I need. That’s because Epaphroditus brought me the gifts you sent. They are a sweet-smelling offering. They are a gift that God accepts. He is pleased with it. 19 My God will meet all your needs. He will meet them in keeping with his wonderful riches. These riches come to you because you belong to Christ Jesus. 20 Give glory to our God and Father for ever and ever. Amen. 21 Greet all God’s people. They belong to Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings. Most of all, those who live in the palace of Caesar send you greetings. 23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
How Christians trade – Paul in prison describes the swapping that goes on amongst Christians. The Philippians heard about Paul’s predicament, they got some money together and sent it to him to help him out. In fact, the Philippians have been backing Paul since the beginning. Paul is confident that God sees their gift and doesn’t forget a favour. Paul’s confidence wells up and enthusiastically spills over into one of the classic New Testament Paul quotes – “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”
God has our back – we Christians hear of a need, we hear that someone in the community is going through a tough time, we get some of our resources together and make a gift to that person – God sees the heart of that gift and it isn’t overlooked. More broadly, as Jesus’ followers, God looks after us. The King of the universe has unlimited resources to keep us going, whatever our current circumstances.
Jesus, thank you for your caring oversight of our lives. Thank you that, whatever our current life challenges, you see us, you know us and you will supply everything we need and more.
Written by Sam Stewart