Sunday Message Summary, 1 August 2021
There is something about the Apostle Paul’s excited reaction to the church in Philippi giving towards his ministry that warrants us to take a deeper look. He was not simply thankful to GOD for provision for his work of ministry, but there was something he was more eagerly excited about specifically for the church in Philippi. He describes that act of sowing and giving as something he had been looking forward to as an opportunity (Philippians 4:10), not for him, but for the Philippians, implying that more than what he had gained, there was something more to gain for the church who had given.
What was so big about what the church had done? Apostle Paul explains that when we give to and partner with God’s ministry, we open a channel to receive from GOD. What we give away when we are debited for God’s work, is balanced out by a credit directly from GOD (Philippians 4:15 AMPC). Those who give must receive – this is the conventional order of the Kingdom of GOD. Furthermore, because of this reciprocal binding agreement of giving and receiving, GOD does not forget our acts of giving, and He therefore will not forget our time to receive. Every time we give to the work of GOD, there is a harvest of blessing that accumulates to our account (Philippians 4:17 AMPC). This harvest is always accumulating, but the key is seed in the ground.
The one who gives is in a better position than the one who receives (Acts 20:35b). This is a principle that will not make sense to our minds, but it is a completely spiritual act. Giving is a system that is there for our benefit, but the level of our receiving is directly proportional to our giving, and we will not benefit if we give only because we must give. Giving that yields a harvest is purposeful, intentional, and full of expectation (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). The LORD is always watching, not looking at what we give, but at how we give. Giving is an expression of our love for GOD, but GOD is not impressed by the size of the offering, but the size of the heart that gives the offering (Mark 12:41-44).
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” – Luke 6:38 NLT. There is a harvest of blessing attached to each and every seed sown by faith because the LORD keeps to His Word of harvest to our sowing. GOD is only looking for a seed sown in faith. Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy, so we need to keep giving, keep sowing and keep being expectant, for we will doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing our sheaves with us (Psalms 126:5-6).
Giving that yields a harvest is purposeful, intentional, and full of expectation.