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The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.
Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.
You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone. (Philippians 4:14-15)
Now Paul gets back to the Philippians’ gift. He says they have done well, and also points out that when Paul came through on his first missionary journey in Greece1The area wasn’t called Greece back then. It was known as Macedonia, but today the whole peninsula is known as Greece, so I’m using that name for familiarity.2, only the Philippians gave to his ministry.
Now, they were a poor church; they really couldn’t afford to give, at least by modern American standards. But, they did. Out of all the churches Paul preached to in Greece, the Philippians gave. And, now they’re giving again.
Such generosity reminds me of Jesus’s story about the Widow’s Mite:
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-44)
Truly an example to emulate!
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