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Loving And Serving Others For Free

June 23, 2017

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. Dan permalink

    Oh how the tables have turned. “Minister” in the original means a slave. One who carries out the orders of those he is a slave of. Of course, a slave receives no pay. “Ministry” is the life of being a slave. Waiting on tables, pouring drinks, running errands or whatever the slave’s duties were. Now, we live in opposite world. The minister rules the congregation and they must do his bidding. They also must pay him for his ministry. They run the errands and serve his needs. Furthermore, and incredibly, this slave has found a way to practice legal extortion. His masters, the congregation, are told that they will not prosper financially if they don’t give him money. (I have even heard it preached that one will not go to heaven if tithes are not given). They are told that God will not trust them with their own “ministry” until they learn to serve him and his ministry first. Someone, grab the duct tape! This thought should make our heads explode! Thank you, Christopher, for this excellent article and for being a proponent of the priesthood of all believers and the equality of being peers in the body of Christ…serving and being slaves of one another!

    • Dan, thank you for sharing the Truth in LOve with us here today. Thank you also for your confirmation of my post and for encouraging me.

  2. tom ball permalink

    Paul was a church planter. They typically require outside founding of some sort. Not taking a salary was Paul’s personal choice. Does not Scripture allow for other choices? Elsewhere scripture appears to offer actual instruction about paying pastors and even offers pretty clear examples to make sure the people understand, e.g., workers being worthy of their hire, and oxen not being denied grain when they are working the treadmill. Perhaps.

    • 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.

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