Generosity Pays Double

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 4:14-17

The Philippian church was not a rich congregation made up of prominent, wealthy people. Paul refers to this church in 2 Corinthians: “We want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity” (2 Cor. 8:1,2).

In today’s passage Paul talks about the ways in which their generosity blessed his ministry. They were making an investment that did not return them interest on the dollar, but it did pay rich dividends. The word “share” is a form of


, a word often translated “fellowship” or “partnership.” Paul is saying to them, “You have become partners with me in the ministry of the gospel.”

When we share what God has entrusted to us (love, time, possessions, whatever), we actually become partners with those to whom we give. But notice that there is a double blessing. When we share what God has given us, credits also accrue to our own account! (v.17)

written by Jim Zinger


Father, thank you for all the ways you bless us and others through our gifts. Amen