Words from the Heart for Monday November 9th, 2020
I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:18b-19 (NIV)
The Riches of His Glory
The concentration of wealth among Canada’s richest one per cent is deeper than previously believed, according to a federal government report based on a new modelling approach. The top one per cent of Canada’s families hold about 25.6 per cent of the wealth — roughly $3 trillion — up from 13.7 per cent estimated under previous methodology, says the report from the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer. The report notes that, “The distribution of wealth among households is heavily skewed toward the wealthiest families.”
The Apostle Paul was in prison, likely in Rome or Ephesus, when he wrote his epistle to the believers in Philippi. Early on in his ministry he had raised support for his ministry as a tentmaker, but that support was obviously not available while he was in prison. So the believers in the churches he had established supported his ministry by collecting offerings and sending them to him. Paul was always appreciative of these, and in Philippians 4:18b-19 he wrote: “I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” We can never outgive the Lord. The Lord knows our hearts and our motivation. When we are giving to support ministry, and do it for the glory of God and for the extension of His Kingdom, we can expect God’s supply. That’s the point of Paul’s promise at the end of verse 19. Give generously to the work of the Gospel and watch God meet your needs as well.
These have been words from the heart.