And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. (ESV)
Have you ever started something brand new? A business? Written a song? A relationship? People seem to be afraid of things that are new and hesitant to support them. As you read this verse you get some insight into why the Philippian believers were so special to the Apostle Paul. They were a support to him when no one else was!
I am glad that there are people out there who are the trailblazers. There are people who are willing to take chances and dream big dreams. The Apostle Paul was one of those guys. When he believed something he was passionate about it and willing to live his life to support his beliefs. Even when he was lost in sin and persecuting the church he was showing his passion for his beliefs, even though his beliefs were wrong.
Once Paul knew the truth of the Gospel in Jesus Christ he was off and running to declare to the whole world what he believed. Now, you can just imagine that not everyone was on board with Paul's zealous crusade to preach the Gospel. He was always in danger. I am sure that many churches viewed him as a risk they were afraid to get involved in.
The reality is Paul was a risk taker, but so was the church at Philippi. They believed that the Gospel was worth their support. If Paul needed help they were going to provide it. If that caused them to be persecuted along with him they were willing to take that risk. Paul is grateful for these believers who were willing to be trailblazers along with him. They were truly partners in the Gospel.
Are you a trailblazer? Maybe you aren't called to be a missionary to dangerous lands. But you can financially support those who are. Find a way to be a partner in the Gospel.