15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.
This last summer my wife and I, with the help of some very generous friends, installed wood floors on our entire main floor. Oh man, that was a ton of work. In order to start the project, we needed to move several large pieces of furniture out into our garage; including a piano. I asked some men from our church to help. Would you believe that these eight men had all of our furniture out in fifteen minutes? Amazing. When the project was done, those men returned and helped get the furniture back in. We were so thankful.
The bottom line is that difficult jobs sometimes are best accomplished by a group of people. Many hands make the load lighter. I was the recipient of that kind of help. So was Paul in Philippians 4:15-16. He could receive individual gifts from people, but he was incredibly humbled by the joining of a community to support him. I imagine that the help he received buoyed his heart and mind. And that’s what we can do when we’re a part of a church community. We can, collectively, buoy individuals and groups of people by our shared lifting and giving.
Being a part of a church opens doors for us to impact many people, even people like our missionaries on the other side of the world. Be happy, you’re a part of something special.
Lord, I lift up my church community. I am thankful for the people I partner with in the gospel. I’m thankful for the community committed to helping others. Please so me and our church ways in which we, collectively, can impact lives with our living out of the gospel.
By: Rob Strong