Ministering to the Saints
But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. (Romans 15:25-27)
The church in Macedonia was the group that Paul wrote to in his epistle to the Philippians. This church was in deep poverty; in fact, in the above verse, it says that they were debtors. Yet, amid these financial struggles, the Holy Ghost anointed them with the grace, or revelation, to get out of poverty. They became generous givers.
It pleased them to give because they knew what God promised to do for givers. They had partaken of so many spiritual blessings that translating their gratitude into sharing of their material things made sense to them. The gentiles who had received salvation and revelation from the Holy Ghost saw it as their duty to minister to their Jewish brethren in need. The word minister here means a public servant. In Greek culture, a civil servant served the people at their own cost. They saw it as an honor to be in the position to do so.
The saints of Macedonia considered giving a public service. They were honored to do it to help meet the needs of others. They knew it would cost them, but they also had faith that God would provide when they partnered with His purpose.
Practical Application – Have you spent time thanking God for the opportunity we have to give? Many times, Christians seem to give only as a financial transaction, expecting God to get them more for their own purposes. The saints in Macedonia saw it as an honor, privilege, and purpose for their lives to have the opportunity to minister to others through their giving. Thank God for the opportunity to sow into the kingdom every time you give.
Proverbs 11:25; 1 Corinthians 16:1