Supply All Your Need According To His Riches In Glory
Continuing the series on extravagant expressions in the Scriptures
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19-20
This is one of those extravagant promises in the Scriptures that tend to make us skeptical at best and mildly doubtful of it at worst on it’s face. We hear it and want to believe it, but many don’t really believe it completely. “You mean God is going to drop down everything I need from the skies and all I have to do is just sit or stand around like grass and let it shower over me?”
No, that’s not what He has promised. “But wait! Didn’t He say consider the lilies of the field how they grow? They neither toil nor spin but I tell you Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these? Did Jesus Himself not also teach that we are to take no thought for our lives, what we shall eat or what we shall drink or even what we shall wear?”
Yes He did, but consider the complete message that He preached.
“And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:29-34
What Jesus is contrasting here with His disciples and those who followed Him was the way of the world (the Gentiles) as opposed to the way God intends for His covenant people to live. The gentiles spend their time in toil just for daily sustenance not knowing God or being privy to the promises made to Abraham and His descendants.
What Jesus is teaching here is not a blanket statement for anyone, but a narrowly conditioned promise subject to the actions and faith of the believers. There are specific commandments given that will result in God’s provision coming even to the covenant people of God it they will obey them.
First, He assures us that God knows what we need even before we ask. Of course He does. He is God. But there are also some things we must do in order to receive what we need.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness — We are called to make our work, our daily labor, the pursuit of the Kingdom of God, to know what it is, how it operates, how we are to relate to it and what our role is in the spreading of its message to the world. Seeking the Kingdom of God is to seek to know, believe and act in accordance with God’s eternal purposes and plans. We do this by reading, studying and meditating His Word, by living according to His commandments, adopting His perspective on every aspect of life.
Take no thought for tomorrow. Don’t fret and worry about the future. Deal with the things that face you today and tomorrow’s issues will be there to deal with tomorrow. This doesn’t mean you don’t plan or prepare for the future. That would be foolish. It also doesn’t mean you don’t put something aside in the good times to see you through the bad times. That would not be prudent. It doesn’t mean you live a wasteful and undisciplined life either. That could be detrimental to your health, physically, mentally, spiritually and financially.
It does mean that God has a greater purpose in mind for you and me, that we would grow in the knowledge of Him and His ways so that as we mature in Him we can take on a greater role in the furtherance of the Kingdom of God on the earth and open ourselves to greater blessings both to employ in ministry and enjoy as the fruit of our labors. It means we become more closely identified with Him and as a result more empowered to do the works of ministry He desires to work in and through us.
Supplying all our need all the time in every situation will never bankrupt Heaven. It is no big deal to God. As we seek the Kingdom of Heaven and God’s righteousness we will be amazed at how quickly God answers and how abundantly He supplies…all that we need and more than enough. Because it is supplied “according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.”
Finally, when these were we written, they were written in response to actions taken by those in the Church at Philippi.
This is one of the most elegant statements of faith and of gratitude for the help of others that is found in the Scriptures.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 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.” Philippians 4:13-18
The Apostle didn’t deny his need nor did he complain and worry about it. He acknowledged that God was His source and contentment whether he was abounding in provision or suffering need. But he also commended this particular church for their compassion, generosity and obedience to be God’s hands and feet to supply all that he need and more than enough even when they themselves were doing it sacrificially. Paul was abounding because of what this one church did again and again to respond to his necessity. The question that naturally comes to mind is, why weren’t all the churches that he was establishing and ministering to not give to his necessity? They were all being enriched by His ministry as much as the Church at Philippi.
The difference was the Philippians had a heart to give and they communicated with the Apostle about it, both of giving and receiving. They were seeking both to be able to bless others and to be blessed according to the promise of God in Genesis 12:2 “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing...”
So then, because of what they had done in meeting his necessity God would then bless them with everything they needed. [Philippians 4:19] He would supply ALL their need and not just by their measure of supply, not by the limit of human measure, but according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Think of it this way. There is no junk in God’s house. There is no anti-room with discarded substandard seconds or slightly damaged or blemished goods. There is no attic or garage where worn-out no longer useful stuff is kept waiting for someone to come along to “give” it to just to get it out of the house.
No. Everything in Heaven is God perfect, God useful, God valued, God blessed and God sized. So, when He supplies according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus it’s going to be extravagant by earthly standards. It’s going to far exceed our expectations and it’s going to be more than enough to meet the need.
This is God’s way and it’s our pattern to imitate in all that we do to meet the necessity of those God gives us the opportunity to bless. And the blessing that returns to meet our needs will be extravagant.