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Loving And Serving Others For Free

January 17, 2016

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 hinder or 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 most of 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. Tom Ball permalink

    We know Paul instructed the churches to pay their pastors (leaders) and we know the example he used to make sure they “got it”… the ox is not to be muzzled as it grinds out the grain, and elsewhere “the worker is worthy of his hire.” Paul, himself, chose not to take a salary from the churches. That was HIS call. Different situations. This really isn’t difficult to understand. One size simply does not scripturally fit all.

    • Tom Ball, I have never known a Pastor who worked as hard as an ox. It is interesting that in the same passage Paul speaks of the ox, he also said that taking pay would hinder or discredit the Gospel. The way I understand that passage is that yes…church “Leaders” had a “right” to pay, an old covenant right like the Levitical Priests had, However in the New Covenant we are all Priests and share the load of ministry together so that no one has to work as hard as an ox or get paid. And the fact still is that Christ Himself called those who serve the church for pay “hirelings” that had no real concern for the sheep. I feel you have to really stretch the minimal NT verses that seem to support pay, while the overwhelming evidence in the NT is not for pay. Thanks for sharing your portion Tom Ball.

  2. daryl permalink

    I really believe that there is great freedom and latitude under Grace.We are free to “support”,even pay a gospel worker should we CHOOSE to,but you would have to distort scripture to claim all pastors or gospel workers or missionaries should be supported financially full-time,and that those of us who aren’t pastors,missionaries ,etc.,are required or obligated to do so.Neither of the passages that Tom mentioned have anything to do with ministry as an occupation.The ox was sustained by eating a few kernels to keep its energy as it worked,but certainly if it “ate up” a third or half of the grain,the farmer would get rid of the ox!The worker worthy of his hire is a reference Paul makes to Jesus’ words to the 12 disciples when he sent them to preach to Israel the message “the kingdom of heaven is near”.(this wasn’t the gospel of grace they were preaching which the disciples were still clueless about at that time,and in fact Jesus told them NOT to go to the Gentiles), In that passage(Mt.chapter 10) they were told to take no gold,silver,copper,no bag,tunic,sandals,or staff on their journey.Under these circumstances Jesus said “for the worker is worth his keep”.Basically ,the disciples,while on this particular journey Jesus sent them on were going to trust Jesus and rely on the hospitality of others as they went. Certainly there are times as we bear one anothers burdens we will be led by the Spirit to financially help someone,offer a meal or place to stay,but full time support of a pastor or any other believer would be a choice,not an obligation,requirement,or command.

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