The church at Philippi is remembered among other things, for being sensitive to Paul’s financial needs. When he first visited Philippi there were no Christians. Paul preached God’s Word and a small group of believers began to grow in their relationships in God. As they matured in their faith they began to understand the tremendous blessings that God had given them which resulted in the desire to support the man who was sharing God’s Word with them.
When Paul moved on to another nearby city and word came that he was in need, remarkably the Philippians were the only church that came to Paul’s aid, not once but twice (Philippians 4:15-16). When Paul was ministering in Corinth, the Philippians made up what he was lacking (2 Corinthians 11:8-9). Ten years later, when Paul was in a Roman prison, the Philippians once again sent assistance to Paul. They were always looking for opportunities to show their concern and their support to Paul. And Paul knew that the gift was credited to their account. . . their account from God’s perspective.
How are you being a modern day Philippian? Do you understand the tremendous blessings that result from being a child of God? Has that understanding resulted in the desire to support those who share God’s Word with you? How are you looking for opportunities to show concern to those who minister to you? How do you financially support those who are helping you to grow in your faith? How are you a modern day Philippian?