What’s Your Profit Margin?
I bet somewhere along the line you have met a financial need of someone else. You saw plainly that resources were needed and your heart was touched and you just couldn’t resist being the supplier. Maybe it was a struggling missionary; maybe a homeless person; maybe a disaster victim or a relative who was down and out.
Also, you gave freely, not trying to count if you might receive something in return. You weren’t calculating any benefits to yourself. If so, you are just like the Philippian church in Paul’s day. They kept track of where Paul was traveling and they had gifts of money sent to him many times. When he wrote to them he mentioned their generosity.
He also drew something to their attention they might not have realized. In referring to the gifts he told them; “Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increased to your account.” (Philippians 4:17) In other words their giving was like putting money into an investment account.
If you have any financial investments, your profit is the gain you get on your principle through interest. What if you could give part of your investment away and actually end up with more interest? That doesn’t happen in the natural world but it does happen in the kingdom of God.
Don’t ever worry about being too generous. God is even more generous. He keeps track of every financial gift you give and returns to you a tidy little profit on every dollar. That’s why Paul could declare with such confidence: “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Verse 19)
What’s your profit margin?