In our scripture for this week the apostle Paul thanks the Philippians for their generous care and support of his ministry. And then he shares: “Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
The practice that undergirds and supports all the other practices we have been exploring is Extravagant Generosity. Bishop Schnase says “generosity supports the other four practices, helping the church fulfill its ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ in robust and fruitful ways, opening the message of God’s love in Christ to more people now and for generations to come.” (p. 150) Being able to give freely and generously is a joyful experience. And this ability comes from the secret Paul shares above, the contentedness that God provides us with all we need. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!
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