The fourth chapter of Philippians tells us Paul received from Epaphroditus gifts from the church. He spoke about these gifts as “…as a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18). He looked at his fellow Christians as partners or co-laborers in Christ (Philippians 1:5). He understood their offerings were a spiritual investment that would build up the Kingdom and bless their own lives. The church at Philippi gave materially to Move God’s Kingdom Forward.
What a blessing it is to be member of a congregation that understands God views our stewardship as a pleasing aroma and a spiritual sacrifice. It is a wonderful thought; God has called us to be partners with Him in Kingdom work. The apostle goes on to say to these believers, (Philippians 4:19) “…my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” This promise from God is directed towards people living in the will of God, serving to the glory of God, and giving to the work of God.