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Loving And Serving Others For Free

June 6, 2013

Greetings,

“Now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.  You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.  In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’.”  When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.  They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.  What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again….”  Acts 20: 32-38

There we have it again…Paul served without taking any sort of pay or compensation.  It can never be said of Paul that he peddled the word of God for profit.  Quite the opposite, he worked hard with his own hands to supply himself and his companions with anything that they may have needed.  

Being paid or taking a salary for ministry goes directly against the example that Paul set for everyone who is called to serve the Church.  The only time Paul accepted monetary aid was when he was ill or in chains for the Gospel.  When he was able to work and provide for himself, that is exactly what he did.  Because Paul knew that taking pay would only serve to discredit the Gospel (1 Corinthians 9: 12).  Jesus called people who got paid for ministry “hirelings” and said that they really did not care for the sheep at all. (John 10)

Paul knew that the way of Christ was to give freely to others and expect nothing in return.  He helped the poor, the needy and the weak.  Being a follower of Jesus is all about freely giving to others and not receiving pay or compensation in return.

 Paul knew the value of being a hard working active member of the communities in which he served.  He never set himself up as some sort of spiritual guru who sat over and above other members of the community.  He worked among the people and by doing so he was able to develop relationships with those who he served.  This gave Paul the right of being able to speak into the lives of those he worked among.  

Paul did not live his life on any sort of elevated platform.  No, he was a common man of the people and because of this the people loved and accepted him and his ministry.  Paul followed the example of Jesus and lived his life among the people, seeking only to serve and not be served.  (Matthew 20: 28)  This is a far cry from the Clergy system we find in the “church” today.  That system is NOT the way of Jesus and we should never support or follow it.  I love the way of Jesus and Paul and that is the way I choose to live my life  serving others for free!

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

P.s. a song…..

“Not Clergy”….to the tune of “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner 

Well I’m not Clergy, that’s plain to see

I love Jesus and I do it for free

So come on people, do you do more than watch?

I’m not Clergy, I’m not Clergy……..

 

 

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One Comment
  1. Love the song with the NEW LYRICS! Yep we need not pay one another for the privilege of loving and relating to one another. Church is sooooo of the devil.

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