God Will Supply Every Need
Paul loved the Philippians because they were his partners when he was in need. They gave repeatedly and sacrificially. He explained the Lord would provide for their every need. Paul and the Philippians loved each other. Like the Lord, Paul gave to them first, and then they reciprocated. That is what friends do. Friendship is give and take. When we love, we give. ALWAYS. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son….” Our Lord’s generosity was for the benefit of all who would trust Him. Everlasting life comes as a gift.
The generosity of the Philippians, combined with Paul’s labor, subsidized his work in nearby Thessalonica and Corinth (550 miles south). Generosity has a way of returning to the giver. Solomon wrote, “One gives freely yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:24-25)
The last thing Paul told the Philippians was about the grace of Jesus Christ. The New Testament presents Jesus as the source of all riches: “…which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3).
After 29 years, the time has come for me to hand over the leadership to Andrew Forrest. I’m certainly no Apostle Paul, but I can understand his feelings about loving a church. Asbury has been that place for Dana and me. I can also feel the joy of handing it over to a young “Timothy” in Andrew. Let us do all in our power to ensure that we will be Andrew and Elaine’s full and complete partners. Let’s seek unity and joy like Paul, Timothy, and the Philippians enjoyed. The Lord will provide. God supplies every need. Like Paul, the last thing I’d like to say is also about the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. To God be the glory for the great grace we have received. Like Paul, let’s share it. Let’s Help Others Follow Jesus.
Speaker: Tom Harrison
July 31, 2022
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