Joy because of
Their Care and Gift (4:10-20)
flourished, content, learned, “I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me,” shared in my distress, fruit, abounds, sweet-smelling aroma,
Their care for him has
flourished again (10). They care for him even in his distress (14). They care
for him time and again (16).
Our care and concern for others
should be continuous and abound more and more.
Paul makes it clear that his
joy does not reside in material sufficiency (11-12). He rejoices because the
Philippians are bearing fruit that abounds to their account (17) and that their
giving is in fact an acceptable sacrifice to God (18).
Discontentment is often the
result of unfulfilled desires rather than true need. That is why even the rich
and famous are discontent. Discontentment is also a reflection of inner
emptiness, which no material abundance, physical pleasure, or human
relationship can fill.
Remember that we already have
the best possession—eternal life. Why should we be discontent? Not only so,
with Christ in our lives, we can enjoy spiritual blessings that the world does
Count our blessings and be
always thankful for what we have rather than lust for things that we don’t
Do not seek for things beyond
basic necessities (Mt 6:31-33; 1Tim 6:6-7).
Even if we have difficulties in
life that we cannot remove, we should rejoice and trust that the Lord knows
what we can bear, that sufferings can benefit us, and that His grace is
sufficient for us (1Cor 10:13; 2Cor 12:7-10).
Contentment comes by learning.
As we continue to develop our trust in the Lord, and as we experience more and
more of God’s grace and provisions, our contentment will also grow.
Doing all things means being
able to transcend all circumstances and stand firm in Christ. This ability is
not the ability to change our surroundings but the inner strength to accept and
live with any situation that God has placed us in.
Exchange our self-confidence
for faith (1Cor 2:4). Exchange our will power for God’s power (Phil 2:13).
Exchange our weakness for God’s strength (Mt 11:28-30).
Live a Christ-centered life everyday and rely not on our own understanding.
Learn to depend on God through prayer and studying His Word. Through the Lord’s
grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can always stand tall and be
The Philippians themselves
When we help those in need, we
should give as if we are doing it for the Lord (Prov
19:17; Mt 25:34-40). Thus, we ought to give cheerfully and not expect any
favors in return (2Cor 9:7; Lk 14:12-14). When we
give financial support to the ministry, we should do so with a heart of
repaying the Lord’s love and out of our concern for the people who will benefit
from the ministry.
They supply for Paul’s needs
out of their concern not only for Paul, but ultimately for the Lord’s work.
Therefore, their gift is a sacrifice to God that is fragrant and acceptable.