See, I didn’t even need to check with my Bible to quote it! We love to hold on to this scripture when we believe God to meet a financial need. But we kind of slide over the preceding verse where the Apostle Paul tells why his God will supply, the premise upon which he prayed for the Philippian Church.
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, well pleasing to God. Philippians 4:18
They gave; they sowed finance into God’s kingdom via ministering to Paul and his ministry. Any one who quotes this scripture, or prays this scripture without sowing into the kingdom is acting like a thief. One who wants to reap what he didn’t sow, one who goes to a land where he planted nothing and expects to find a harvest. For every blessing from God he has given us a responsibility, a call to action. No matter how hard a farmer prays, if he planted nothing on his land he will find nothing to reap, we can only receive financial blessings from God when we sow into His kingdom.