“But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.”
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, we also must also look around us and see the needs of those who are suffering and those who have true needs.
In the passage above, the apostle Paul is thanking the believers in Philippi for sending gifts to him. Paul calls this kind of giving a sweet smelling sacrifice.
When we take time to help another Christian—especially a leader—we are sacrificing what would otherwise be our own. We may give of our finances or simply of our time to help our brothers and sisters. This simple act of giving is important to our Lord. It pleases Him; quite literally, it makes the almighty God smile!
Look around yourself this season to see those who have real needs. While we expect to spend time with immediate and perhaps extended family members, we must also see the great needs of others.
Of course, the greatest need all of us have is a vital relationship with Jesus Christ, the only true God. It is my prayer that our students and their families will see this primary need and be faithful in sharing the message of salvation in our hurting world.