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Daily Reformation, Philippians 4:11b-20

From the Reformer

He expressly makes mention of God as his, because he owns and acknowledges as done to himself whatever kindness is shewn to his servants. They had therefore been truly sowing in the Lord’s field, from which a sure and abundant harvest might be expected. Nor does he promise them merely a reward in the future life, but even in respect of the necessities of the present life: “Do not think that you have impoverished yourselves; God, whom I serve, will abundantly furnish you with everything necessary for you.”The phrase, in glory, ought to be taken in place of the adverb gloriously, as meaning magnificently, or splendidly. He adds, however, by Christ, in whose name everything that we do is acceptable to God.

—John Calvin, Commentary on Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians

Pulling It Together

“I don’t have as much as she does.” How often do you consider such things (if you are honest with yourself)? Yet you have far more than you deserve. There are things you may want yet, the one thing you would have never thought to want, were it not for God, is the very thing he has made sure you might receive. In salvation, God has given you himself. You have received more than you ever would have asked for.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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