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Loving And Serving Others For Free

April 9, 2014

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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4 Comments
  1. 2trakmind permalink

    Amen! Great post, brother! Another side of this is that when our ministry is also our source of income, it tends to rob us of some of the pure joy of serving, because our need for survival competes with our love of serving; it divides our heart’s loyalty. I work for a ministry and I love what I do, but it doesn’t compare to the joy of giving freely of myself to others.

  2. "BK" permalink

    I don’t think the problem is whether someone receives ‘gifts’ or not, but whether the dependency is on them. I worked with my hands and supported myself, even when I pastored in the conventional sense in Babylon and wouldn’t haive it any other way! As you said, Chris, the interaction in the community was as God would want. We never ‘took’ (ever notice we say ‘took’ 🙂 hmmm) an offering. If anyone wanted to give they generally just found someone to give a check or cash to. On the other hand, when someone did want to give it was not refused. Even now, being on the outside of the walls but sharing Christ wherever we go. We keep whatever comes into our hands until we hear of a need and then we share, telling the thankful recipient it is not from us, but from the Body of Christ. We just have the privilege of being the conduit. Just some meandering thoughts on an excellent post. Love you, brother, “BK”

  3. Yes it sure seems that today’s church is more a business then anything else. Why it does require money to keep a church going, it doesn’t require all the frills that seem to be in today’s church. Having a beautiful building does absolutely nothing to impress the One that matters. My grandfather was a huge influence on my life. He dedicated his life to the survival of his place of worship. He ministered there for 34+ years and the whole time did not take pay. While the church tried to pay him something, as they were a very poor church, his “salary went right into the offering plate. He owned a local trucking business for most of the 34 years there. All the money he made in his business went to the church with the exception of what he kept for food, clothing and essentials. He later handed the business down to my parents with the agreement they used to continue the life of the church. He had a huge influence in the political arena in the town too. Fighting the fight to keep casinos, adult book stores, gambling, prostitution, etc out of the area. After the city decided to go resort with casino, gambling, etc the business left and the decision to shut down the trucking business was made. The Church is still there today, small but a place to go and find worship without all the frills. It’s sad to see what money has done to the church.

    • "BK" permalink

      What a beautiful testimony! Absolutely beautiful.

      Ken & I had a grant in place years ago to buy a large piece of property with ‘meeting hall’ already in place; two duplexes; RV sites; motel rooms, etc. The man we were buying from changed his mind at the last minute and didn’t want to sell or move. We didn’t feel right ‘exercising our rights’ to make him have to sell as we could have. Afterward I was praying and asking the Lord, “Why? Why???” It was the first time He ever asked me “Where in the New Testement did I ever tell anyone to buy ‘church property’? When you buy this you will then NEED money to pay utilities, for upkeep, etc. I dwell in the hearts of men, not properties.” It was a shocking statement to me as I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a ‘house church movement’ (of which I am not a part of….we just happen to meet in homes). Along the way it has been a step by step with His guidance but well worth every step. Again, thank you for such a tremendous witness as your grandfather was. “BK”

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