Ray Stedman Devotion 3oth March 2018

Ray Stedman Devotion 3oth March 2018

TOPIC- Why Give? A daily devotion for March 30th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 4:14-18

I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. Phil 4:18

Pray Our Daily Manna Prayer Points Here

Here we have an expression of warm and fragrant thanks for the gifts these people had sent to him by the hand of Epaphroditus, yet he is quick to point out that he is far more interested in what their giving does for them than what it does for him. You remember the Lord Jesus said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. This is what the apostle is saying, not that I seek the gift; but I seek the fruit which increases to your credit. These are really financial terms. The word fruit here is a common word in the business world of that day for interest. What Paul is saying is I don’t desire the capital. I only want the interest, and it is continually increasing to your account. That is, as you give to me there is a blessing you receive which is continually building up for your own enjoyment. That’s what he is after; not that he needs the gift. He wants them to be blessed in the giving, and that is why he so gladly receives these gifts from them.

Ray Stedman Devotion 3oth March 2018

How often, Lord, I have given with the wrong motives. Thank you for the opportunity to give out of a cheerful heart that has already received so much more.

Life Application: Ray Stedman

In the ebb and flow of giving and receiving, is self-concern our primary interest? How does it affect our contentment? Is your bottom line gratitude for all of God’s good and perfect gifts?

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