Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. (Philippians 4:17)
Paul was teaching the church in Philippi the importance of giving and receiving. Naturally, when we look at Scripture, we frame it in our modern context, and it often gives us the wrong view of what the author was trying to say. Your New Testament Bible was translated from Greek into Elizabethan English (which is very different than the English we speak today). It's essential to see the original words of the text to clarify the context of what was being said.
Fruit in Philippians 4:17 describes the tangible demonstration of the seed. How do you know a seed worked? You see the tree producing fruit.
The word abound in this verse literally means to be supercharged. It describes something that has become far more powerful than it previously was.
The word account I had always assumed meant a bank account. That’s our modern context trying to sneak in. The word account is actually logos, the Greek word for word.
So, what was Paul telling the church? He told them: “Because your heart was in your giving, there will be a tangible demonstration of return given through the now supercharged power of your words.”
If you are a giver, your words are now supercharged with tremendous ability. Use them wisely.
Practical Application – When you give, declare blessings over your life. Your giving supercharges your words.
Romans 14:12; 1 Peter 4:5