Giving and Thanks

Paul is in Ephesus on house arrest. No food was provided. His friends send gifts, but the distance between them limited access. So, at the end of his Letter to the Phillipians, Paul issues his ‘Thank You Note.”

How can we give back more than just words on a page? Paul says, “Thanks, but really it’s a deposit in your account, it’s an offer pleasing to God.” Be content, through Him, Jesus Christ, the one who gives us strength. Paul is saying, ‘I’m glad you gave because that’s what it means to be connected.’

When is God’ presence real to us through others? How can we make God’s presence real to others?

Henry Nowan writes in The Spirituality of Fundraising, “we should become richer by giving.” Let giving be a joy, participating in a mission together, giving as rhythm, habit, what a privilege to be able to give!

Together in Christ we function as His body because of all that He has given us, how we share our life together. Not just giving money, but skills, time, etc.. Do more, be more creative, Kingdom Coop—the more we give, the more we have in Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:9
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”