A New Year's Wish
Charles H. Spurgeon
The Philippians had several times sent presents to Paul to supply his necessities. Though they were not themselves rich, yet they made a contribution, and sent Epaphroditus with it, "an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God." Paul felt very grateful: he thanked God, but he did not forget also to thank the donors; he wished them every blessing, and he did as good as say, "You have supplied my need, and my God shall supply yours. You have supplied my need of temporal food and raiment out of your poverty; my God shall supply all your need out of His riches in glory." "As," he says in the eighteenth verse, "I have all and abound: I am full," "so," he adds, "my God shall supply all your need. You have sent what you gave me by the hand of a beloved brother, but God will send a better messenger to you, for He will supply all your need by Christ Jesus." Every single word sounds as if he had thought it over, and the Spirit of God had guided him in his meditation, so that he should to the fullest extent wish them back a blessing similar to that which they had sent to him, only of a richer and more enduring kind.
Now, on this New Year's Day I would desire, somewhat in the spirit of Paul, to bless those of you who have supplied, according to your abilities, the wants of God's work in my hands, and have given, even out of your poverty, to the cause of God, according as there has been need. I count myself to be personally your debtor though your gifts have been for the students, and the orphans, and the colporteurs, and not for myself. In return for your kindness, after the manner of His gracious love, "my God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
This verse is particularly sweet to me, for, when we were building the orphanage, I foresaw that, if we had no voting, and no collecting of annual subscriptions, but depended upon the goodness of God, ...
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