Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 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. – Philippians 4:14-18
When people share with me to relieve my difficulties they are giving you a gift. In serving me, they serve you. Knowing this makes it easier to receive help. It makes me gracious and encouraging. It makes me want to tell them how great their love is in your eyes. I want to give to you by giving to others, too. Lead me where you want me to give and help, seeing when to hold back, too. You gave to your father the greatest gift when you redeemed my soul with your death. I’m thankful to be part of your relationship with him. Now, you be part of my relationship with others.
Pastor Don Patterson
God loves to watch his blessings cycle through his people multiplying usefulness.