“God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 4:19

Paul’s letter to the Philippians does not say that God will meet your needs according to the riches of the world. We look at our worldly riches and determine that our bank account is insufficient. We do our best to “store up treasures on earth” and become confined to our checking, savings, or retirement accounts (Matthew 6:19). We look at our finances and define our “budget border” by saying we don’t have enough to give to a stranger, a friend, or even the church.

God is not concerned with earthly calculations. Jesus told the disciples that he wanted to feed the 5000 men and their families, but Philip didn’t think it could be done. He started counting on his fingers and said, “it would take more than half a year’s wages” to feed everyone (John 6:7). 

As a cross-carrying, Jesus follower, we cannot determine the outcome of any financial situation based on our worldly comprehension of numbers. God’s riches are immeasurable and His supply is incalculable. If you feel confined in your financial situation, perhaps you should consider becoming a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Take delight in the Lord, become a cheerful giver, and stretch yourself beyond your perceived earthly charitable capabilities. You will recognize how wealthy you are when you finally see your needs being met with the riches of Christ instead of the riches of the world.

How can you become a more bountiful sower in your charitable endeavors this week?

Live Forever Free,

Matt

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