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But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. (Philippians 4:18)
Sometimes Paul is difficult to understand, but not so here. He is effusing praise onto the Philippians for their gift. Even though he’s in jail awaiting trial for his life, he has an abundance.
We don’t know what they gave, but they were a poor church. So it follows that ANY gift would be a sacrifice, and Paul knows that. He also knows that they were giving to God, not just to Paul and his ministry.
That’s how (I think) we should think: our gifts to the church and her workers are a sacrifice given to God. And, that’s how God thinks of them, too.
Give. Give generously. And give as a sacrifice!
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