Philippians 1:3-5 ERV “I thank God every time I remember you. And I always pray for all of you with joy. I thank God for the help you gave me while I told people the Good News. You helped from the first day you believed until now.”
Apostle Paul said he thanked God every time he remembered the Philippians, that he always prayed for them with joy. Why? Because they always helped him! The Philippians helped Paul fulfill his ministry and that made them so dear to his heart.
It’s that simple; people remember those who are always there for them. You know, people ask; “Hope you’re praying for me?”, or they request, “Please always pray for me,” yet it never occurs to them to assist in anyway, some of them wouldn’t even care to come worship with you for once: all they are interested in is to receive and keep receiving.
Someone said to me, “Pastors have a lot of money.” No doubt, some do, but certainly not all. And helping goes beyond meeting their personal needs; how about helping him preach the gospel to a lot more people, meeting the needs of the church, helping his ministry grow, praying for him, etc? Galatians 6:6 says “Whoever is being taught God’s word should share the good things they have with the one who is teaching them.” Yeah.