To give or not to give? That is the question… or is it? That may be the question for many people in our world, but it should not be for the Christian. Giving should be a natural part of our lives. We should want to give because of God’s example of giving to us (see John 3:16). In our text, the apostle Paul tells us what our giving will do for others and for us. When we give, it will…
I. BLESS OTHERS – Phil. 4:14-16
A. Paul was commending the Philippians because their gifts had been a blessing to him.
B. It is always a blessing to people when they have a need and we can help with that need. – Rom. 12:13; Gal. 6:9-10; Prov. 3:27
II. BLESS THE GIVER – Phil. 4:17
A. What “profits” are you building in your heavenly bank account? – Matt. 6:19-20
B. The Bible teaches us that our giving determines our “foundation for the future”. – 1 Tim. 6:18-19
III. PLEASE GOD – Phil. 4:18; Heb. 13:16
A. Children need to receive some commendation in life. We know that God did that for His Son Jesus. – Matt. 3:17
B. Perhaps one of the finest compliments we could give our Heavenly Father would be to take more interest in His work and imitate Him in our giving.
IV. MEET NEEDS – Phil. 4:19
A. Point #2 had to do with the eternal blessings we receive in giving. Here, Paul is referring to the needs we have NOW! – Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:10; 2 Cor. 9:6
B. When you give from the heart to help someone in need or give to a Christ-centered cause, something good will come back to you! – Prov. 11:24-25
To give or not to give? The real question is: What are you doing with what God has already given to you?