Sharing Towards Glory

Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 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. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 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. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:14-20

There is much that distracts and pulls our attention from the things that matter most. How do we combat the encroaching concerns of life that threaten to overwhelm our proper focus?

As Paul is wrapping up his letter of thanks and encouragement to the Philippians, he returns to the ideas of partnership, generosity for the sake of the gospel, reliance on God’s provision, and the ultimate goal of bringing glory to God. The Philippians have consistently supported him financially, and Paul is grateful. But Paul frames these gifts as acts of worship that please God. It is pleasing because it reflects their heart that the truth of Christ is proclaimed. Their priority flows from their relationship to God and Paul in the partnership of the gospel.

The result is that Paul is confident that God, who has unlimited riches, will supply what they need. This is a comprehensive vision of provision, for both physical and spiritual needs.

We learn from the Philippians and Paul to commit to one another and the work God has for us as a church. Trust that God will provide. As we do this, the end goal, the most important priority, that everyone would see the glory, the beauty, and the singular power of God in our life together, will be realized in our church and our lives.

O God,
It is easy to be distracted by the urgent and important concerns of life. Help us to order them rightly before you. Help us to commit to one another, provide for each other, and serve one another for the sake of the name of Jesus. Convince us anew of the need to proclaim and demonstrate the truth of Christ in our life together. Above all, help us to stay focused on bringing you glory in all that we think, do, and say. This is our eternal prayer,