How to Abound
But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
Positionally this letter is to a group of saved Christians. The Philippian church was founded around 51 AD, St. Luke was the pastor of this church for the first 6 years. With Luke being the pastor I’m certain they were doctrinally sound, Paul is writing this letter out of deep gratitude for their offering delivered to him at great cost. Epaphroditus delivered the offering to Paul and almost lost his life during the process.
You can almost sense the gratitude and love in Paul’s heart for the sacrifice made. It’s much more than just money, Paul is suffering in prison, shackled in Rome for the gospel. He is enduring hardship for the gospel without complaint and he has asked no-one for help. Paul supplied for his own needs by making prayer shawls and selling them.
I can tell you what has touched Paul’s heart so much about this, it’s the growth of the church in love.
Some of my children were servers in restaurants, they would tell me that the most generous tippers were servers from other restaurants, people that served in the same type of occupation because they understood the challenges of serving.
It comes to me as no surprise that St. Luke has raised his church to be generous towards those in need because Luke knew the sacrifice of service, he knew the cost. Maybe Luke even knew the reward.
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
Because they have done this, they received fruit to their account. Rewards in heaven. Everyone that sacrificed and gave that day receives a part in this epistle! How many hundreds of millions of people has this letter touched? It’s like the best stock investment you could have ever made, the interest has never stopped.
We can’t all be missionaries or pastors, but we can support their ministry and by doing that we take part in their reward, who knows where your fruit will lead on your account?
He is: Georgos