December 9, 2008

Supply and Supply

Philippians 4:12-23
I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.

Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.

Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar's household. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Not only do we look out for the interests of others in addition to our own interests, but we best look out for our own interests by looking out for the interest of others. That's when the fruit abounds to our accounts.

When we do that, our God will supply all of our need ... according to our need? No! Our God supplies all our need according to His supply of riches by Christ Jesus!

This is basic economics turned on its ear.
  • Basic economics: subsistence living consists of survival and needs.
  • Next up: luxury living and instant gratification of our every want.
  • Eternal economics: Jesus supplies according to what He has to supply.
When we get to heaven, our account will abound with fruit based on how much we gave, not just to those in distress, but to share in their distress.

Whose distress have I shared in lately?

Tim
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