“Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18).
The generous heart of the members of the Philippians’ Church and the offertory they gave to Paul the Apostle were like sweet smelling aroma and well pleasing in the eyes of God. Those people sent whatever possible to Paul the Apostle and supported his Gospel ministry.
All that we should do to please God is to give generously with a perfect heart. “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). This makes the heart of God to rejoice.
One day I was standing in the Egmore Railway Station and distributing the tracts. A ten-year-old boy came to me, received a tract from me and began to read it. He continued to read one tract after the other. His appearance reflected that he was a one to languish in poverty. But even then he had learnt to read and write.
After some time he again came to me. He picked out a one rupee note from the pocket and gave it to me to keep it as offertory to Jesus Christ. All he had was that one note only.
I did not know whether to receive it or not. I hesitated on seeing his poor status. All of a sudden I felt God speaking to me. He asked me “Is the boy giving the money to you or to me?” I never expected this question.
When I replied that it was not for me and it was given as offertory to Him. God again asked, “What right you have to reject when it is given to me as offertory? Receive that offertory in my Name and bless him. This offertory will be a cause for me to bless and exalt him.” Then I received the offertory from the boy with hands shivering.
I blessed him and prayed for him for a long duration. I blessed him wholeheartedly that in future he should become a glorious servant of God. A divine love rose in me to embrace him with love. When he was leaving me, I kept on looking at him as though I was looking at an angel.
To meditate: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” (Mathew 25:23).