Thone’s Brief Topic
Serving as a Sacrifice
Copyright © 2017 by E. Thone Hall
Scripture – Philippians 4:14-19 KJV
“Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
My thoughts: Serving the Lord by supporting others.
Both in New Testament and Old, and in each dispensation the Lord has taught the concept of giving.
- The story of Cain & Abel was about the gifts brought.
- Noah’s first act upon leaving the ark was a sacrifice.
- Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek.
- Tabernacle sacrifice was begun under Moses.
- Solomon built the first temple for sacrifice.
- The early Jerusalem church members sold their processions and contributed to the common good.
- In the scripture, we just read, the believers in Philippi provided for the physical needs of Paul.
- In Heaven, we will lay our crowns at Jesus’s feet.
The Christian Life is about giving, willingly to others need, physical and spiritual.
Giving, not for our salvation, but for an “odour…well pleasing to God”.
See you next time!