8/20/13 Daily Devotion

Philippians 4:18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

The Christians at the church in Philippi had a reputation for generosity towards Paul. Even when no other church extended a helping hand, the church at Philippi assisted Paul. In praising them, Paul uses an Old Testament image of burnt offerings. God was greatly pleased when burnt offerings were offered up to Him within Old Testament times, and Paul uses that imagery to show the Philippians how grateful he is for their help. Can our gifts be compared to fragrant offerings? They sure can, if they are given with the right motives. God loves it when His children freely offer themselves, their finances, their abilities, whatever they can, to Him, His work, or the needs of others. When was the last time you, not expecting anything in return, used your gifts to bring a great blessing into someone else’s life?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me clearly see what I can do to reach into the lives of others and bring them showers of blessings.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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