The Pleasure of Giving

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 4:18-20

We ended yesterday’s reading by noticing that when it comes to real sharing it’s not the receivers only who are blessed. Paul expands further on that truth in today’s passage. He speaks of the gifts the Philippians sent him as “a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” Paul is drawing upon the Old Testament practice of the priest bringing the sacrifice to the altar and presenting it to God. When the aroma of the sacrifice made its way to the heavens, he would turn to the people and reveal to them that the sacrifice had been acceptable to God.

My wife is one of the most incorrigible givers I’ve ever known. She thoroughly loves to give to others. She’s always buying things for our children, and especially our grandchildren. She experiences some of her greatest joys in life when she gives.

Paul assures us here that there is someone else who is pleased when we give-God. Giving brings great joy to the receiver, the giver, and the One who will see to it that the more we give away the more we will receive in return.

written by Jim Zinger


Loving God, thank you for all of your gifts to us, and for the joy of giving them away. Amen.