Paul received a precious gift from the Philippi believers when he was imprisoned in Rome. He accepted this gift in appreciation and assured the the givers that their debt to him was paid in full. He had introduced them to the Gospel; there is no way of repaying such a life-changing gift. But knowing that they had given to him in sincerity of heart and with pure intentions, he received their gift with the same pleasure that God would offer. When we give of ourselves—our talents, our time, tithes from the financial blessings of God—with a joyful and willing spirit, not done out of obligation or expectation of receiving something in return, then those offerings are a sweet essence that reaches to Heaven, and they show, without doubt, that we have are maturing spiritually.