What Our Giving Communicates To Ourselves

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Philippians 4:10-23

Often, the subject of giving is expressed in terms of need. There is some unmet need that needs to be met. Whether it is the poor, the cause of missions, the needs of the local church or a specific vision that remains unfulfilled, giving is often directed to filling the gap. Not that there is anything wrong with this, it is only that this approach to giving is woefully inadequate.

As Paul ends the book of Philippians, he tells the Philippians he has no needs. That admission would scare most charitable organizations. But Paul has something important to say about giving. It is not the need that dominates his thinking, but what giving actually does for and communicates about the person giving.