Show your love
My heart overflows with joy when I think of how you showed your love to me by your financial support of my ministry. For even though you have so little, you still continue to help me at every opportunity. Philippians 4:10
How do you show you love someone? Is it by showing up when they need a friend? Maybe by offering to help with a project or duties around the home? Maybe you run errands or help with childcare? We all show that we care and love others in various way. In today’s text, Paul says how happy he was that the Christians in Philippi showed their love for him by supporting the work of God financially. They gave financial support to God’s work and met the needs of the ministry and that demonstrated love to Paul.
Their act of giving not only expressed their love for Paul, it was also an expression of love to God! By supporting the work of Paul’s ministry, they were showing their support for the work of God. This is why Paul said “his heart overflowed with joy.” So why did they feel the need to give to Paul? It wasn’t because of his needing it. He didn’t ask for their financial gift and not all of the churches supported the ministry. It was because they had a heart for God and the work that was being done through Paul’s team. They were so in love with God that they wanted to support the message of the gospel not only with their prayers and hospitality, but also with their finances.
Did you know this is one of the ways we can show our love for God today? Not only do we show we love God by being obedient to give back the first 10% (the tithe) of all our income, but we can also show our love and appreciation to Him by supporting ministries that are spreading the message of the good news of salvation in Christ Jesus. There are only a few things in this physical world that God can receive in the spiritual world. Supporting the work of the ministry is one of the most loving gifts we can give to show how much we love and glorify our Heavenly Father.
Today I want to encourage you to evaluate your love for your Father in Heaven. Is it a half-hearted “I’m saved so I don’t need to worry about anything else” kind of relationship? Or do you have an intense desire to express your love for your Heavenly Father in a deeper way. Some of the greatest acts of giving to God involve, loving others, sharing the gospel with the lost, praying with others, giving to God’s work, giving your time to serve in your local church and ministries. We sometimes get the idea that we need to do these things to be obedient or because of an obligation. However, the way to become most effective in all you do is to do things just because you want to show your love for God your Father no matter what it cost.
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 4:10-13