Real Joy: Giving
I heard a story of a father’s experience one day at McDonald's. He had just purchased a meal for his son and was seated with him in a booth. The father reached over to sample one of the boy's french fries and said, "Mind if I have one of these?" The son said, "No, those are mine." He didn't want to share, didn't want to give even a single french fry to his dad. Disturbed by the boy's reaction, the father had three immediate thoughts about his son …
- He doesn't understand where these french fries come from.
- He doesn't realize that I could take all those fries from him or bury him in fries.
- He doesn't know I can get my own fries and don't need his.
I unfortunately resemble that young man at times.
Sunday’s focus is Philippians 4:15-19 - Real Joy: Continue Being Generous
You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Not that
I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Pray for all God’s people to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness so that we can keep “stuff” in its proper place and use it well for God’s glory.