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A Grateful People are a Giving People – July 4, 2024

Thursday, July 4

Devotional written by Joshua Green, Worship Leader

 

A GRATEFUL PEOPLE ARE A GIVING PEOPLE

“…not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only”
Philippians 4:15b

Read Philippians 4:14-19

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One of our core values at Calvary is that “grateful people are giving people.” I think Jesus highlights this well in the gospel of Luke:

One of [the ten lepers], when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well” (Luke 17:15-19).

Paul highlights the generosity of the Philippians when he wrote:

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 (Philippians 4:15-16).

Paul makes it very clear afterward that it’s not about the gifts. It’s about the heart. The Philippians organically gave. They wanted to. They instinctively offered aid and help to Paul, and according to this passage, they were the only church to do so. I don’t know about you, but if I were one of the other early saints and I heard this, I’d be embarrassed. I’m sure other churches were joyous about hearing the good news of Jesus. I’m sure the other churches were experiencing life changes and breakthroughs in their newfound life with Jesus. But only one church allowed that gratitude to overflow into gifts. Only one church was willing to share in Paul’s ministry burdens.

Reflection: Today, I challenge you to reflect on the good things God has brought into your life through churches and ministries. Has your gratitude for other’s sacrifices and ministries led you to overflow by giving back? Again, this doesn’t mean you’re not grateful. And it has nothing to do with salvation. Don’t you want to be like the church of Philippi, who were partners in Paul’s ministry by offering gifts and resources and sending people to check up on him, bearing gifts and encouragement? If you’re not already tithing or giving to a local church body, let me encourage you to give out of a grateful heart, even if not to this church. Because “grateful people are a giving people.”

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