August 8, 2008

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.

--Philippians 4:15

The people that Paul wrote to in our Scripture today weren’t rich. As a matter of fact, the apostle says these compassionate Christians gave out of their poverty so that his needs would be met.

But they were doing so much more than just meeting his needs. They were making a spiritual investment!

In the same way today, when you give to the work of the Lord, you too make a spiritual investment. Not a contribution, but an investment in something that will truly last. 

Here’s something to think about: If God doesn’t really need your money, why should you give? Because He wants you to be a part of His redemptive work in the world today! When you give, your focus is on others and on His Kingdom work. And He knows that when your focus is on you, life gets very, very small. 

Even if you think you don’t have very much to give, look around! Do you have time? Then plant the seed of time. Even the smallest investment in others can make such a difference. 

Remember this: The Philippian believers were not a rich people, but they were rich towards God and they sowed into the life and ministry of the apostle Paul. They gaveā€”and God blessed them as a result! 

TAKE INVENTORY OF WHAT YOU CAN INVEST SPIRITUALLY TODAY. YOU HAVE MORE TO OFFER THAN YOU THINK!