Good Saturday morning. Happy birthday to my niece, Wendy and Happy birthday in heaven to Rick’s dad, Phil. I talked to my brother last night. This will be the first missed Canadian fishing opener in his 68 years. He will be sitting on the American side of Rainy Lake due to the border closing. I feel for him!
Today, we close out our study of Philippians with Paul’s acknowledgment of their generosity.
Philippians 4:15-20 (NRSV)
You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone. For even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help for my needs more than once. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that accumulates to your account. I have been paid in full and have more than enough; I am fully satisfied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
The terms he used: “profit…accumulates to your account…paid in full” are a series of business terms used metaphorically in the context of friendship. I have not really thought of friendship as an account, but I can see where Paul wanted to thank them for supporting his ministry, but also for their friendship. Friendship is an important part of being in ministry. I, too, value your generosity along with your friendship.
Blessings on your day,