14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
There will always be the poor among us. There will never be equality among people in social status since pay scales will vary depending on the type of job to be performed. The higher skilled jobs will have higher starting salary ranges while the minimum wage earner does a job that can be easily replaced by another person. Giving money will sometimes be a challenge for those who do not have their hearts set fully on Heaven as the worries of life will continue to test our hearts.
Most other apostles in Jerusalem devoted themselves entirely to their religious ministry and received money donated by Church members. When Paul was on his missionary journeys, he tried to be self-sufficient by making tents. Paul worked hard and didn’t need to rely on donations as he didn’t want to be a financial burden to others. He sets a great example for the ‘rest of us’ who are working full-time. He continues to be devoted to preaching the word. The Macedonians continued to send aid to Paul, even though they were struggling themselves financially. The last statement from Paul makes it clear that God will meet all of our needs according to His riches so long as we continue to be sacrificial in our lifestyle to God.