Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction. You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus ]what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. [NASB1995®]
Paul thanks the church in Philippi, because on several occasions they have been worried for him and have provided for his necessities. As he said in the previous verses, he can experience moments of abundance and want (let us remember that he always simultaneously developed his labor as an apostle and as a tentmaker, although during his imprisonment the latter was no longer possible).
The interesting matter here is how Paul draws attention to the question: who has been blessed by this gesture? Himself, obviously, because he has seen his needs supplied, but those who are even more blessed are those who have given, because this gesture is an agreeable offering to the Lord.
It was Jesus himself who taught us that he who gives is more blessed than he who receives (Acts 20:35).
As believers, it is precious seeing God’s blessings in our own lives, but being able to bless others produces even more joy. This generosity, this worry for the necessities of others are proof of our becoming more like the One who gave Himself for us.
May God bless you richly!
Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Translation By: Emily Stader