Dec. 22, 2020

What Does Philippians 4:17 Mean?

What Does Philippians 4:17 Mean?

Philippians 4:17 (NIV): 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.

Paul has been expressing his appreciation to the church in Philippi for their financial gift.  More than anything, however, Paul is thrilled at what giving does for the giver. God sees you when you sacrificially give to another and rewards you accordingly.

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

In Philippians chapter 4, Paul expresses his gratitude for the financial gift that the church in Philippi sent him while he was in house arrest in Rome awaiting trial. In verse 15 and 16 Paul commends the believers for their generous gift. 

Now, Paul has been teaching us that our joy shouldn’t depend on our circumstances. We will have times of plenty, and we will have times of need, but our external circumstances should not dictate our internal peace. With God has our strength, we can face anything. And Paul wants to make sure that the believers in Philippi understood that their gift was ultimately for THEIR benefit. As he writes in Philippians 4 verse 17, “Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.

In the original language, Paul emphatically denies that he’s seeking their gift. Their kindness made Paul joyful because their generosity wasn’t for his own sake, but rather for theirs. 

Now, this verse gives us a glimpse into God’s heavenly bank account because Paul uses financial language from the ancient money market. He says, “I desire your giving to be credited to your account.” And what he’s referring to is interest accrued on the credit side of the ledger. Or literally translated it says, “continuously increasing profit for your account.” So, what Paul is alluding to here is of bank account receiving compounded interest. And who doesn’t want more of that? Amen?

So, when Paul goes out and preaches and teaches the Good News of the Gospel, the church in Philippi supported him financially. And the fruit that resulted because of Paul’s ministry would be credited to the believers’ in Philippi’s heavenly bank account. So, if you want to imagine it like this, God sees their financial gift to Paul, He sees the fruit that results from Paul’s ministry, and He marks that on their credit. 

So, your simple Truth for today: Every time you sow into a fruitful ministry, you reap the rewards. 

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