A DIFFERENT TAKE…Philippians 4: 10-20

One of the challenges of moving is finding a new church home.  Whether it’s the music or what the pastor preached about, it’s a difficult decision.

We attended yet another church recently.   The young pastor was preaching on Paul’s letter to the Philippians chapter 4–about giving.  Oh no!  Lock my wallet!

Nevertheless, a good message.  He urged us to expand our giving, which would bless us, others, and most of all, the Lord.

As I read the Philippians’ passage, I perceive something different.  Paul talks about the gifts the Philippians have given him (v.18).  Never refers to money, though that can be implied.  What other gifts would they give him?  Any ideas?  Besides money.  And what gifts can we give?  Besides money.

Recently we stopped supporting a missionary couple, returning to the States to retire.  What we are now giving them?  Our prayers, love and genuine interest.  Those will be gifts.  Imagine someone showing honest-to-goodness fascination with your life?  Little gifts can mean a lot.

Wonder what you can give to someone this Christmas season, which costs only the thought behind it?  Any ideas?  I’ve decided to offer my devotional book to some who need a break on cost so they can give to someone they love.  All at no profit for me, sad to say!!  Within hours of the offer, thirty-two books were reserved and on their way.  And more since.

Think about what gifts you can give this Christmas season!  Think outside the box.  Things money can’t buy!

Lord, for all the love in the universe wrapped up in Jesus, we thank you.  In His name.  Amen.




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