And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Do you believe it? God will meet all your needs.
Somebody once hit me with a question about this verse that caused me to consider the meaning. “What about those children we see starving in Africa? They are dying. Why weren’t their needs met?”
Good question. And as we shall see in the verses leading up to our focus text, God gives through His people. Within that context we will also see that some of God’s people were not doing their job.
Following is a summary of Paul’s thoughts leading up the verse 19:
- Paul had been in need. (v12)
- The church helped supply his needs. (v14)
- Only the church at Philippi helped him. (v15)
- They helped him more than once. (v16)
- Their gift was credited to their account. (v17)
- Their gift pleased God. (v18b)
Then verse 19: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
So the scenario worked like this: The church met Paul’s needs. Their gift was credited to their account. In other words, God took special notice of their good work. Their gift was an investment in meeting their future needs. And their gift was pleasing to God.
Remember what Jesus said about giving?
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap…” Luke 6:28
When we give to others, God gives back more than we gave. Certainly this principle applies to the church, you know, dropping money in the offering plate. But it means so much more.
We, as Christians, have been given a mission field; home, neighborhood, work, wherever we go. You don’t have to look far to see someone in need. Sometimes it only takes the gift of your time or an act of kindness. Once in a while, you’ll come upon a much bigger need. You can either solicit the help of others, or God may lay it upon your heart to do it yourself.
Paul was glad the Philippian church reached out to him in his need. But not the way you and I usually respond to gifts. “Oh, boy. But I didn’t get you anything.” To Paul, he assigned importance to what would happen to them as a result of their giving.
Today’s blessings are the product of yesterday’s gifts. Just as Paul was convinced his friends would be amply blessed by God for their gift, I am fully persuaded that God blesses us for our generosity. I’ve heard it said many times, “You can’t out give God.” Life has taught me that statement is true.
God is pleased by our gifts to those who can’t return them. Notice that Paul didn’t return a gift in exchange for what the church had given him. He left that up to God. Their gift to him was a deposit to their account, from which they could withdraw when needed.
Give. Give freely where you see there is need. And give out of kindness and compassion. Even if they don’t thank you, pay it no mind, because you know more than you gave will come back from God, “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over…”
Are you in need? Then give…
For more on this topic, check out this article: You Really Can’t Outgive God
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.